Non-Fiction Monday: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan has been on my TBR list for a while.  Yesterday, hanging out at the local big bookstore in Simi, CA, I discovered the Young Readers Edition which I bought.

Pollan has been in the news quite a bit lately. The focus of food that is nutritious and healthy is a big concern at school where the cafeteria seems to serve an abundance of processed food.  This year, students were fortunate to have a nutritionist teach lesson on healthy and fun food and snacks.  It’s part of a program with the local university.

So the Young Readers Edition of The Omnivore’s Dilemma will be a welcomed title in the collection, particularly for the fourth and fifth graders.  The text reads like an adventure story and has wonderful graphics.  The book is broken up into four sections:
Industrial Meal
Industrial Organic Meal
Local Sustainable Meal
Hunter-Gatherer Meal

After reading the The Industrial Meal, readers might give a second thought to stopping at a fast food place.  The use of corn in food is thoroughly explained. Pages 68-69, have a detailed flow chart about items made from corn.

Young readers should come away with a more informed view of where their food comes from.  Pollan ends with a section on voting with your fork, tips on eating and a Q&A with Pollan.

Extensive source are listed as well as an index.

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Happy Reading.