Analysis Of Michael Pollan 's ' The Jungle ' Essay

1772 Words Oct 18th, 2016 8 Pages
As a society we have seen more muckrakers emerge since Upton Sinclair than ever before. The Jungle was only the beginning of an exposé on the food industry that is still relevant today. Great writers and journalists continue to try and educate the public on just where their food is coming from. Michael Pollan presents the reader with his own work of food journalism in the form of Omnivore’s Dilemma, in which he defines industrial logic and how this idea motivates industry to produce the food we receive today, then offers the alternative of local food chains to combat the distrust in supermarkets.
Industrial logic is the force that persuades the agriculture market to transform into one that relies increasingly on industrial means to mass produce and ultimately lower quality of food than have ever been seen before. The turn to factory farming and mass production makes sense when viewed through the industrial logic lens. Industrial farms are cheaper for both the producers and consumers, for reasons such as government subsidies, byproducts sales, and using lower quality of ingredients. For farmers like George Naylor, growing corn for big business and the government makes sense. “...the government was now subsidizing every bushel of corn a farmer could grow.” (Pollan, 53). Since the government is spending money subsidizing farmers to grow as much as possible (“fencerow to fencerow” as Butz, the secretary of agriculture under Nixon under would put it), farmers bought into the…

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