What’s for dinner?

Michael Pollen’s The Omnivore’s Dilemna asks the age old question What’s for dinner? In our modern world, that question isn’t nearly as easy as it used to be. After reading this book, our thoughts about food and ‘food systems’ have been informed, challenged, and changed dramatically. In the next two weeks, we’ll be taking a glimpse into the questions and concerns the book raises. Each day this week at a short, thought-provoking quote from the book will appear here along with some other resources that discuss our food. Eventually I’ll post my complete review of the book and examine the challenges we all face (whether we realize it or not), and the reasons why I believe this question is of a moral nature.

The Omnivore’s Dilemna is about the three principal food chains that sustain us today: the industrial, the organic, and the hunter-gatherer. Different as they are, all three food chains are systems for doing more or less the same thing: linking us, through what we eat, to the fertility of the earth and the energy of the sun. It might be hard to see how, but even a Twinkie does this — constitutes an engagement with the natural world. As ecology teaches, and this book tries to show, it’s all connected, even the Twinkie.” – Introduction, pg. 7

One Response to “What’s for dinner?”

  1. Thomas says:

    Through the series, we’ll also see another food chain, “local food”.