This month, my church’s book club is reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Because I’ve already reviewed the audiobook, I’m going to keep my remarks here short.
Since Pollan’s book was first published in 2006, public attention to the issues he discusses has only increased. Pollan takes a good, hard look at where our food comes from, and he makes us do the same. This information has led many, including me, to change our eating habits. I now focus much more on eating whole foods, local when possible. Although my eating habits aren’t perfect, they have changed for the better since reading this book.
Since reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma, I’ve continued to learn about this topic through books, blogs, and documentaries, but none of what I’ve read and viewed matches this book. Unlike Barbara Kingsolver in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Pollan doesn’t get preachy, nor does he condemn people who make different choices from his own. His goal seems merely to help people make informed choices, not to tell people which choices to make. He does express preferences and discuss his own convictions, but rarely did I get the sense that he was saying that because he feels this way, so must we. This attitude is especially notable in the section on industrial organic, where the issues are complicated indeed.
If you’re at all curious about where your food comes from (and to be honest, this is something I believe you should be curious about), Pollan’s book is an excellent, eye-opening read. Highly recommended.