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The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat, Young Readers Edition
The New York Times bestseller that’s changing America’s diet is now perfect for younger readers
“What’s for dinner?” seemed like a simple question—until journalist and supermarket detective Michael Pollan delved behind the scenes. From fast food and big organic to small farms and old-fashioned hunting and gathering, this young readers’ adaptation of Pollan’s famous food-chain exploration encourages kids to consider the personal and global health implications of their food choices.
In a smart, compelling format with updated facts, plenty of photos, graphs, and visuals, as well as a new afterword and backmatter, The Omnivore’s Dilemma serves up a bold message to the generation that needs it most: It’s time to take charge of our national eating habits—and it starts with you.
||October 15, 2009|
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98 of 102 found the following review helpful:
Pollan rocksOct 17, 2009
I originally bought this book for my son as I had read the "adult" version. I think this one may be an easier read for adults who don't really get into foodie/nutrition/enviromental style books. So I would say it is not just for kids!!! Also, this version has a few photos that area great addition.
45 of 46 found the following review helpful:
Great Book for Older Children/TeensNov 30, 2009
By Annabelle Lee
Everyone should know where their food comes from so that they can make informed choices. This book is full of good information about the food we eat and it's sources. It is not a book for young children as they will have difficulty digesting all this information but it is definately recommended reading for children 11-12 and older, it is even a good read for adults who may not have the time or inclination to read the full version.
39 of 41 found the following review helpful:
Great book for both kids and adultsNov 30, 2009
By J. Stinson
I previously read the adult version of this book and really enjoyed it. When I saw this I thougth I would give it a try. I have to say that this book is not only easy to underdstand, it also gives me more insight into the book. Love this book, and would suggest everybody read it.
20 of 21 found the following review helpful:
Industrial food in the grocery stores.Feb 18, 2010
By Lora L. Seybert
Industrial food is not just at the local fast food restaurant. it is also at our grocery stores. Food is made to taste better and have a longer shelf life, but is the chemicals and preservatives we use really worth the health risk? Do we know where our meat comes from, the diet of the cows before they go to the slaughter and become our hamburger and steak? This book is an eye opening education. You can read the adult version, "The Omnivore's Dilemma, A History of Four Meals" also. Michael Pollan, the book's author is not trying to make us all into vegetarians, although he did try that lifestyle for a short period of time and then went back to eating meat. The point is to be informed about our food, because diet is just as important as exercise. You cannot put empty calories and lots of high fructose corn syrup and genetically modified food into our bodies and then be surprised at the poor body figure we now have.
Also have a look into sustainable farming and learn why our current methods of producing food cannot last forever. Why do we dump fossil fuels on our fields? What does this do to the ecosystem of the land, the soil? Also, learn why we cannot go back to using cow manure for fertilizer. Why is it (the cow manure) so toxic to the soil and to us? What is genetically modified corn and other grain doing to our field and why can't we control it from going into other fields? Perhaps industrial food and industrial farming needs to change. Why do farmers over produce and why can they never get compensated for their grain and make a living?
When you are through reading this book, Michael Pollan appears in the movie, "Food Inc." which is a great movie to continue on your way in discovering the problem with many American foods. A few other movies I recommend are, "The Future of Food", about genetically modified food, and "Supersize Me" which is a documentary on fast food and a one month McDonald's bing. Then when you are ready, watch "Sweet Misery, the story of Aspartame." This last movie is not as well edited as the others but it has excellent information from doctors and patients that give testimonies on their bad experiences with aspartame, artificial sweetener. If you have any problems with MS, or if you get sick easily watch these great films. Keep your mind open to these new ideas. Doctors have much more training in pharmaceutical drugs than in nutrition. We cannot expect our doctors to know every problem that comes up with each new food additive that comes on the market. Research for yourself. Read books, do not trust the media or television to give you all the answers here.
42 of 49 found the following review helpful:
wrong age group listedOct 18, 2009
This is a great book but not for 4-8 year olds as listed above? Amazon do you have the wrong information? This is a Young Adult book, or a family discussion book. Please note before purchasing!
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