What is the major principle of The Omnivore's Dilemma?
Our food is important, not only to our own physiological health, but also to the economic and social health of our communities and to the ecological health of the planet we inhabit; this is the most central principle of the book.
Pollan makes numerous arguments in favor of smaller, more localized farms over the large, mechanized agricultural operations that have become more commonplace in modern industrial society. He argues in favor of small-scale farming on moral grounds, environmental grounds, economic...
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The Dilemma Pollan refers to is that because humans are omnivores, we have to discern what it is that is safe to eat. Factory farming and the profitable boon that corn syrup created have aided in the destruction of our environment and health. We are primed to desire these foods, yet they are hazardous to our health. Pollan ascertains that loosely following food choices, such as those which were and are consumed by hunter gatherers and sustainable farmers, helps us make correct choices. Attaining proper information is key to a healthy, sustainable diet. If you follow Pollans simple guidelines: Eat Food. Not to much. Mostly Plants, you are well on your way to solving this individual and collective food dilemma.