In the book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan challenges his readers to examine their food and question themselves about the things they consume. Have we ever considered where our food comes from or stopped to think about the process that goes into the food that we purchase to eat every day? Do we know whether our meat and vegetables picked out were raised in our local farms or transported from another country? Michael pollen addresses the reality of what really goes beyond the food we intake and how our lives are affected. He does not just compel us to question the food we consume, but also the food our “food” consumes.
Pollen discusses the aspects of a popular fast food chain, McDonalds. To sum up the substance of the ingredients shortly, corn. He asked a friend to run the contents of his meal through a mass spectrometer and found that the amount of corn contained in them were “soda (100 percent corn), milk shake (78 percent), salad dressing (65 percent), chicken nuggets (56 percent), cheeseburger (52 percent), and French fries (23 percent)” (Pollen 117). Despite knowing this, the likeliness of anyone, more specifically me, to halt eating this completely is improbable. Because of this Pollen, describes the ones eating this industrial food as “corn’s koala” (Pollen 117). In addition, another “alarming ingredient in a Chicken McNugget is tertiary butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ” (Pollen 113) which is found in either the nugget itself or the box one is given the nuggets in. TBHQ is also a form of butane and if even five grams ingested would be enough to kill you. It is surprising to believe that hints of lighter fluid is found on such a deliciously corn induced, chicken nugget. However, the TBHQ found on ...
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Pollen seeks out to inform not just the misinformed or the health conscious folks, but just anyone who is willing to listen. He is not trying to tell his readers to stop eating fast food, nor is he telling his vegetarian readers to start eating meat. Pollen attempts to inform all his readers about the things that go beyond an ordinary double cheeseburger or the pain one must go through for fresh abalone. He covers all the dilemmas regarding the consumption of an omnivore as far as buying the “food” that was also used in feedlots, to the organic, freshly grown and gathered fungi and fava beans. I’ve been well informed and can no claim I am less ignorant to the topic of food. I may now think twice before I take a bite out of anything, such as where it came from or how it got to be. As for now, I am really craving some chicken nuggets from McDonalds.
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