Summary: An Omnivore's Dilemma

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Ever since the beginning of time, meat has been a staple of the human diet. People have many reasons why they chose not to consume meat. One of the most common reasons some people chose not to eat meat is because they believe that it is unethical. There are many processes required in order to produce meat for conception, and these processes have become widely known to the public and cause a great deal of controversy. Animals are often tortured, genetically modified, and live in squalid conditions before they become the meat we put on our dinner tables. In Michael Pollan’s book, An Omnivore’s Dilemma, we are focused on many different views of eating meat and other foods that are products of animals. The majority of those who chose to consume …show more content…

Pollan says, “We are entitled to know about our food”, and tries to trace the source of his food over the course of the book. In Chapter 12 (Slaughter), we are focused on Pollan who joins Salatin to process broiler chickens. In this process, the chickens are “killed, scalded, plucked, and eviscerated.” He is adamant to learn how the process of slaughtering animals is done but still goes to learn and observe the facilities. He does not agree with the process and the torturing of animals but it doesn’t stop him from consuming it because he enjoys having a steak meal and other foods. In Chapter 17 (The Ethics of Eating Animals), Pollan is considering the moral side to the slaughterhouses while eating a rib-eye steak. While at dinner, Pollan begins to read Peter Singer’s book, Animal Liberation, a book about the morals and ethics of eating animals. Pollan focuses on what Singer says, “Eating meat has become morally problematic.” This to Pollan stood out because of his feelings towards the subject. Pollan felt that you do feel morally wrong for how animals are mass produced but at the same time you don’t stop yourself from consuming

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