The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat

by Michael Pollan

This adaptation of Michael Pollan’s thought-provoking adult book of the same... read more

This adaptation of Michael Pollan’s thought-provoking adult book of the same name examines where our food comes from in the United States, and discusses decisions we make regarding what to purchase and consume in terms of health, economics, and social justice. In large part an indictment of industrial food production, Pollan’s book invites readers to consider alternatives as he explores industrial organic farming, local sustainable farming, and hunting, gathering, and gardened food. He documents his journey of discovery about each in a narrative peppered with numerous informational sidebars (although the black-and-white graphics lack dynamics). Pollan glosses over how class and economics impact decision-making, but his work is still an effective starting point for thinking about food. It includes tips for voting “with your fork” and numerous sources for more information. (Age 12 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010

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