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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
In The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan investigates the origins of the food that make up our national diet. He follows the food that make up four different meals: a burger and fries from McDonald's, an organic meal from Whole Foods, a dinner from a sustainable farm, and a meal derived from food shot and foraged. Along the way, he explores how agribusinesses have controlled national farm policy and identifies the one food ingredient that makes up an unhealthy percentage of our diet: corn. Not only does the growing and cultivation of corn require large amounts of oil-based products, but the corn itself is used in a large percentage of the food we eat. The most widespread and unhealthy of these is high fructose corn syrup. The Omnivore's Dilemma has received positive reviews with the Washington Post saying, "His approach is steeped in honesty and self-awareness. His cause is just, his thinking is clear, and his writing is compelling."