The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Chapter 16 Summary

Michael Pollan

Chapter 16 Summary

In “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” Pollan explores the meaning of the book’s title and reasons why Americans struggle to make healthful food choices. Although it is in the best interests of food corporations to market food so it will capture a greater share of the consumer’s hunger, Pollan suggests that Americans are especially susceptible to “food faddism.” Unlike other cultures, Americans lack a culture of food to help them navigate the omnivore’s dilemma.

Pollan explains that the curse of the omnivore is also its strength. An omnivore can eat nearly anything, but

when it comes to figuring out which of those things are safe to eat, he’s pretty much on his own.

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(The entire section is 533 words.)