Please help me with these omnivore dilemma questions?
What is the omnivore’s dilemma and why has does Pollan think it has gotten more complicated recently?
Why does Pollan call Americans “people of corn”? What advantages and disadvantages are there to our current corn rich diet?
How has corn changed the look of farms and what is grown there? Why has this change happened? What are the advantages and disadvantages to this type of farming?
Why does Pollan say “In terms of energy, the modern farm is a losing proposition”? (pg 32 and chart)
Explain the sub-title on pg 37 “The High Price of Cheap Corn”.
What are some of the challenges caused by the enormous production of corn in America? How have those challenges been solved by companies like Cargill and ADM? What are some potential consequences to the fact that Cargill and ADM have so much control over the production and distribution of corn and the writing of the laws about farming?
Why is it bad for cows to eat corn? Why is it healthy for cows to eat grass?
Why is it healthier for humans to eat cows that have been fed grass?
Why is processing food a good thing for food companies like General Mills?
Why does Pollan call fake food “corn’s final victory”? (page 75)
How is corn making us fat?
Why does Pollan say “the health problems of eating too much hit poor people hardest”? (page 83)
Based on the information in this chapter, provide a more detailed explanation of the omnivore’s dilemma and explain why as omnivore’s its harder for humans to make smart choices about food.
Why does Pollan say that Americans are more susceptible to fad diets?
How much corn was in the Pollan family’s fast food meal? Which items contained the most corn?
Pollan’s chart on page 105 shows a strong correlation between an increase in childhood obesity and an increase in average calories in our food from corn. List other changes to American life and diet since 1971 that may also be contributing to the rise in childhood obesity.
What does the term “organic” mean in reference to growing food?
How is industrial organic different from what Pollan expected organic to be?
Why does Pollan say organic lettuce “represents a truly amazing amount of energy”? page 125
Why is it difficult to determine whether or not organic food is healthier than regular food?
Use information from both Chap 10 and 11 to explain some of the advantages and disadvantages of growing food in an “industrial organic” way.
Describe what is meant when Joel Salatin says he is a “grass farmer” when he actually farms animals and a variety of plants. How does the chart on page 146 help you understand this?
Give an example and explain why biodiversity is valued at Polyface farms.
On page 166, Salatin says that the farm is like an organism. Draw a picture to represent how interconnected the animals, plants and forest are on Polyface farms. Include the cows, broiler chickens, egg chickens, pigs, turkeys, grass, water, and forest. Draw arrows to show connections and write on each arrow how the items are connected.
Make a chart to compare the three different ways to harvest animals (as described in Parts 1,2, and 3) to show how the chicken slaughtering method at Polyface farm different than the others.
Describe three reasons why a shorter food chain (less food miles/a local food economy) is more beneficial than a long food chain. Then do the opposite, describe three reasons why a long food chain is more beneficial.
Pollan writes about how nutrient-rich his meal was from Polyface farms. Why? Explain the difference that grass-fed food makes in terms of the quality of nutrition in the final product.
Define hunter-gatherer. Why did this meal bring Pollan back to the more original omnivore’s dilemma?
Describe how some animals evolved to be domestic or to have a relationship with humans and why this is beneficial to both the animals and humans.
What do you think would happen if the “walls of America’s slaughter houses had to be made of glass”? Would this change how people eat?
Why does hunting represent the shortest food chain? Why is this beneficial? What are the challenges in modern society to this short of a food chain? Do you think it is possible for everyone?
Where in the world do we still find hunter-gatherer societies? Why do these societies exist in these places and not everywhere? Ask your history teacher or do a little research into when and how human societies moved away from a hunter-gatherer system. (This is a BIG question, but do your best.)
Pollan talks about how his “perfect meal” is real