Omnivore’s Dilemma: Part 1 Thoughts

Hi everyone – happy humpday!  I’ve been making some progress on our July selection for the Healthy and Fit Lit Club – Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan.  Don’t forget you can follow along on Twitter (@runsprenkelrun, using #omnivoresdilemma and #healthyandfitlitclub for quotes and other discussion questions).

Yellow for quotes, purple for discussion

Yellow for quotes, purple for discussion

How is your reading coming?  We’re about a fourth of the way through July so I thought I’d post some discussion questions and general big ideas to get us thinking and talking about the book.  At the end of July I’ll pull from these to have a bigger discussion!

Here are some snippets from my notes up to Chapter 4 (The Feedlot).

  • American paradox: unhealthy people obsessed with the idea of eating healthy.
  • Before the supermarket, do you know where all of your food comes from?  Would it be hard to find out?
  • Corn is everywhere – in 25%+ of the items at the supermarket.
  • What connection do beef/fish/eggs and Twinkies/trashbags/glossy magazine covers have to one another?
  • Irony of “most productive farmers” in history that are “all but going broke”.  They also can’t afford to feed themselves.
  • Changing landscape of the family farm – how did we get from sustainable to subsidized?
  • GMOs…
  • Fertilizers – the good, the bad and the ugly.  Even the farmers can’t drink their own tap water.
  • The cost to American taxpayers (a quarter of the $19 billion annually p.61) – is it worth it.  What are we getting in return?

Looks like we’ll have a lot to discuss!  When I finish section one (through the fast food meal), I’ll do a write up summary of my thoughts.  Until then, post questions and discussion points that YOU have in the comments below!

I can’t wait to hear what you’re thinking about this, happy reading!


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