The Omnivore’s Dilemma; A Natural History of Four Meals; Michael Pollan, 2006, Penguin Press, New York, 535 pages.
This is a fascinating story that follows each of the food chains that sustain human beings; industrial food, organic or alternative food and the food humans forage or grow themselves. Pollan follows each food source to a final meal and the process gives an account of the American way of eating. As omnivores, humans can eat all most anything that nature or industry has produced. America is currently suffering from a national eating disorder that is harming the health of the environment as well as the health of the population of America. This story is extremely well researched as Pollan describes the politically driven agricultural changes that have genetically and chemically changed our current food supplies. The changes have left the American public over weight and undernourished while creating an enormous drain on energy resources. It is an intensive read that will have the reader making notes on how to make changes in what goes on their food shopping lists.