The Omnivore's Dilemma Sparknotes

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Part A: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan is how our food choices affect our health greatly. Pollan’s purpose for writing the book was simple- if nothing else, inform readers about what they are putting into their bodies and possibly change their eating habits entirely. The book was published in April of 2006 and healthy eating has been a debate for many many years. People have questioned if they should be vegan, vegetarian, etc. for many years and this book explores why eating habits are a big deal and what option is “best.” Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser was published around the same time as this book. Pollan was clearly not the only person who felt the need to address people’s eating habits. Other books have been written …show more content…
As a society the United States does not eat healthy. Citizens eat more fast food than they do vegetables and it is causing a huge negative impact of their health. Not only that, but people eat things they think are healthy, but in reality is not. One of the main things people do not realize is that corn is in everything and just how unhealthy it is. “Corn is what feeds the steer that becomes the steak. Corn feeds the chicken and the pig, the turkey and the lamb, the catfish and the tilapia and,increasingly, even the salmon, a carnivore by nature that fish,” (Pollan 18). On a cultural and societal level Pollan was hoping to make people really look at what they are putting into their bodies and potentially have most readers change their diets. Pollan’s intended audience is anyone who wants to know more about what they are putting in their body and how to be healthier. Pollan’s audience would be appalled by some of the things he mentions in the book, but would overall be grateful that they know those things now. They would also have an accepting attitude toward Pollan and be thankful to him for writing about the things he did and informing them. Pollan did not assume his audience knew much. He explained …show more content…
Pollan explains how everything works and then goes on to analyze how it affects the reader's’ body. This form of organization allows Pollan to fully get his point across because he does not have a limited space to do so. He is able to explain what he needs to explain and really appeal to the reader’s emotions. “One of the most important yet unnoticed changes to the human diet in modern times has been in the ratio between omega-3 and omega-6, the other essential fatty acid in our food,” (Pollan 268). After this quote Pollan goes on to explain the importance of omega-3 and omega-6 and then explains why they are essential to the human diet. This form of organization allows readers to get the most information they can out of that one paragraph. Another form of organization Pollan uses is cause and effect. Pollan often explains to the reader something they are doing wrong with their diet and then goes on to explain how it hurts their bodies. Similar to analysis, cause and effect allows the reader to obtain the most information they can and it lets Pollan appeal to their emotions effectively. “Bloat is perhaps the most serious thing that can go wrong with a ruminant on corn,” (Pollan 77). Pollan goes on to explain how bloat occurs and why it is bad. Cause and effect also gives the reader a real look at things rather than a “what if” or “possibility”

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