An Animal Place And The Omnivore's Delusion

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In both “An Animal’s Place” by Michael Pollan and “The Omnivore’s Delusion; Against the Agri-Intellectuals” by Blake Hurst, the highly debated issue over modern American farming is addressed. Due to the importance of food to people’s lives, this issue is salient to the average individual because it concerns how his or her food is processed and where it originates from. Pollan’s proposal is that organic farming is a better method due to better quality of food and better quality of life for animals, while Hurst contends that modern day farming is the only way to meet the demands of the world in an effectual way. Both arguments present themselves with strong propositions about American farming, but by exploring both of their similarities and differences …show more content…
It is easy to see that both authors want to produce quality food. Pollan believes that this can only be done through organic farming because of its natural principle, while Hurst believes organic farming produces quality food because of other factors like the speedy process, mass production, etc. Additionally, both authors believe that in ethical raising and slaughtering of animals. Pollan believes that modern farming is unethical because of the treatment of animals, Hurst rebuttals by saying that the proclaimed “cruel” birthing crates and poultry houses are actually better for the animals because it provides protection from predators and protection from themselves The author brings in a personal observation of his neighbor Lynn Niemann, who built a natural “free range turkey farm, in which a thunderstorm came and drowned the young turkeys that were not smart enough to get out of the rain (Hurst 5). Hurst believes that these natural ways of farming are detrimental to the business if the animals are lost in the process. Adding to their similarities, both Pollan and Hurst believe that their respective way of farming is one with nature and the land. Pollan believes that due to that natural farming methods that organic farming utilizes, it is more closely linked to nature, Hurst on the other hand, believes that despite the mass machinery that is used in modern farming, modern farmers are still one with the land. Hurst states “The distance between the farmer and what he grows has certainly increased, but, believe me, if we weren’t closely connected, we wouldn’t still be farming” (3). Nevertheless, Pollan and Hurst predominantly have starkly contrasting ideas about whether organic or modern farming is best for the world. Simply put, Pollan believes that organic

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