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).
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?
- 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!