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(article, Liz Crain)
The catalyst for this bestselling account of the social, ethical, and environmental implications of the food we eat is a simple question: “What should we have for dinner?” With a pressing interest in what he terms “our national eating disorder,” Michael Pollan walks a plainspoken line between personal introspection and investigative journalism in this three-part look at American food. His deliberate gaze at factory farms, fossil fuel, fast food, the history of American farm subsidies, and grass farming results in a devastating depiction of the all-too-often destructive nature of modern agrobusiness. Where others might be strident and shrill, Pollan instead educates and enlivens. His skillful weighing of the highly complex issues surrounding what we eat and where it comes from makes The Omnivore's Dilemma a compelling argument for awareness and change. p(bio). Liz Crain is a writer based in Portland, Oregon.