Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma

I didn’t technically read this book; I listened to the audiobook, but I think that counts.

If you care about food at all – that is to say, if you eat – you need to read this book. The structure is what pulls you in: Pollan turns the lens of investigative journalism on four meals, tracing them all the way from the patch of ground they grew in to the plate they end up on. What it turns into, though, is a polemic against the compromises and dangers of the “industrial food chain,” and this is something that every consumer needs to be educated about. He even describes an alternative, in the ingenious Polyface Farm.

The Omnivore’s Dilemmamay not change your mind completely, but you’ll never look at corn the same way again.

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Unlikely Words’ Second Link Post

I can’t remember where I got most of these links and every day I put this off, the links become less relevant, no citations, so… deal. Like last time, there’s a pretty good chance the links come by way of Freakonomics, Boing Boing, kottke.org, and various and sundry other wonderful websites.

Unlikely Words’ Second Link Post