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[Book Review] : The Omnivore's Dilemma

by Ananya Singh | 03-07-2019 00:18 recommendations 1

Human beings are omnivores. They can basically eat anything from the nature for the dinner. But that's exactly what stirs anxiety - when you can eat anything then, what exactly should you go for? 

The author begins with the extremely simple question of "what we should have for dinner?"

Confused ? Yes, we all are. All the time. Because we have choices. Because we are omnivores. Omnivores are unselective eaters - we eat anything and everything. So, what to eat will essentially be the question that'll always rattle us. 

In the first section, he talks about corn - a staple diet of the US. He underlines how it has changed the dietary habits of the Americans. He talks about a calf which is fed corn and then becomes sick but firms look at it as a cost of business. 

In the second part, he talks about food processing units that advertise and thus, increase the demand for organic food. He posits that organic farming industry makes people hallucinate that food comes from lush green vegetations while it actually comes from science operated and technology driven factories.

In the third part, he talks about a farmer who's engaged in mixed farming. How cultivating and animal husbandry go hand in hand remain the main themes here. 

In the final part, he starts preparing a meal from the animals he has hunted and the plants he has gathered. He concludes that fast food and hunter gatherer food are equally unreal and unsustainable. We eat by the grace of nature, not industry.
 
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Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Ananya

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about the book review of The Omnivore's Dilemma

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Regards,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 24-07-2019 02:40

  • Louis Mentor says :
    Hello Ananya,

    Thank you for writing this report, and I think this is a really interesting book. This book makes me think what I should really eat daily to make sure my diet is sustainable. It is really worth to think about this. As sustainable lifestyle is important, with that said, your report is meaningful. Great work!

    Louis Mentor
    Posted 10-07-2019 00:14

  • Wonhee Mentor says :
    Hello Ananya

    Thank you for sharing your book review on 'The omnivore's dilemma'. It is very interesting that the author tried to explain what humans should eat by pointing out that we are omnivores who can choose what we are going to eat. We should consider whether what we are eating is sustainable. Thank you for all your time and effort taken in this report. :)

    Wonhee Mentor
    Posted 06-07-2019 15:27

  • Rosa Domingos says :
    HI Ananya,

    I could not agree with you statements even more. The author makes sound and very true mentions about omnivores and the unsustainable practices we intake just to have food on the table. I found it so shocking that people who buy organic foods are being led to think that it is grown in lush vegetation. We need to be well aware of what we eat and where the food come from. This is a great read!

    Thank you so much for sharing this article piece with us Ananya!
    With my warmest regards,
    Rosa
    Posted 03-07-2019 14:46

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