We are what we eat, as the old saying goes, but how many Americans really know what goes into their food? In The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan explores the modern food chain, and the ever-growing gap between our food and us. Interviewing farmers and visiting factories, he pieces together the story of plants and animals as they make their way through the modern food processing systems and onto our plates.
This book really changed the way I look at processed and fast food. I knew they were unhealthy and so on, but I had no idea what a toll it takes on the environment for them to be produced, and what a toll it takes on us to eat them. The beginning of the book, while interesting, is a little slow at times; once you get into it, though, it’s fascinating. The Omnivore’s Dilemma gave me a whole new perspective on the food industry, and I think that it’s an important book for kids (and adults!) to read—I would highly recommend it to readers ages 10 and up.