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Has anyone read The Omnivore's Dilemma?

Asked by kevbo (24268 points ) October 15th, 2007

I’m two chapters from finishing and ready to chuck it all, start a farm, and/or learn to hunt.

Am I delusional or is it any wonder we’ve multiplied our epidemic ailments?

Where do you sit with respect to conventional vs. big organic vs. local/sustainable (the Polyface Farm example)? How have you changed your shopping habits as a result?

Did you have a clue about the pervasiveness and prostitution subsidization and commoditization of corn, (e.g. making it the primary feed for cows because in the U.S. it’s the most subsidized cheapest form of plant energy despite the fact that cows don’t naturally have the stomach to digest a corn diet)?

Did you realize that “free range” legally can mean a small plot of yard just outside a typical, football-field-sized chicken growing facility?

What’s your take on America’s lack of collective wisdom when it comes to food and nutrition (say, in contrast to the Japanese, French, or Italians)? How do you personally react to America’s constantly changing diet rules? (Eggs are bad. Eggs are good. Red meat is bad. Red meat is good. Carbs are bad. Carbs are good.) If outside the U.S., what’s your perspective?

Do you believe that hunting is ethical in our day and age? Do you side with animal rights in the sense that individual animals shouldn’t be hurt or instead that individual animals should be “managed” for the betterment of their and/or other species (such as killing a population of animals to restore ecological balance)?

Any other online/book resources you care to point me to?

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