The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat
By Meredith Kiger
Children's Literature, October 15, 2009
Originally written for adults and now adapted for teens, this “must read” tells you much of what you need to know about the foods you put into your body on a daily basis. Who could have known that many of the foods we eat daily contain corn derivatives and so much of them, for instance. The author explores the rise in corn consumption over the last 30+ years and how agricultural production has changed, overall. The book, divided into four parts, explores corn: the industrial meal, the industrial organic meal, the local, sustainable meal and the do-it-yourself meal. In addition to unmasking the corn caper, the author books at the industrialization of the organic movement, the life of animals raised for human consumption and hunting, gathering and growing your own food. You would think this subject would be boring and scary but is actually quite interesting in the author’s hands as he takes a hands-on, literally, approach to exploring many facets of the food production industry. Mainly, he is presenting the scenarios and letting the reader make up his/her own mind. Our mindless consumption of food products in this country has gotten us into heaps of trouble, healthwise, which has great consequences in other areas, as well. Everyone, including younger readers, need to educate themselves about what they eat.