Omnivore’s Dilemma “Grass”

This week we continued our examination of Michael Pollan’s book Omnivore’s Dilemma, and shifted our focus to the idea of alternative or “organic” food.  Organic food can be defined as foods that are produced without the use of modern synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers.  Organic foods are also not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.” One thing that I found very interesting was when Pollan started to talk about the high demand for organic food and how this has affected the people that produce organic food.  In this section Pollan argues that he believes that because of the increase in popularity producers have started to adopt many of the methods of industrial agriculture, which no longer makes the food organic. He uses examples when comparing a large-scale industrial “organic” farm to a much smaller farm. One reason that I think Pollan’s book is so successful is because in each of his three sections he follows each food chain from the ground up to the table.  He concludes this section on organic food at home with his family sharing a dinner from Whole Foods, a well-known national purveyor of organic food.