Ever wonder why American are so fat? Have you looked at the ingredients on processed foods and noticed that "high fructose corn syrup" (HFCS) seems to be in everything? Have you ever passed a massive cattle farm where thousands of cows stand on a mountain of shit and wondered why there is no grass for them to eat? Well, wonder no longer! Michael Pollan, journalism professor, contributing writer for the NYT, and confessed omnivore has a newish book, The Omnivore's Dilemma, that everyone--and that means YOU, my reader--should devour. The first section on corn and the juggernaut of industrial farming alone should be required reading for every American. This book is a page-turner, a thriller really, about the places from which the food on our tables and in our bellies comes, how it gets there, and what happens to it in between. Buy it or check it out of the library, and write your Congressperson after your outrage settles into a slow boil.
And yes, if you want to know more, here's a nice review from the New York Times that surprisingly claims Pollan doesn't go far enough.