The Omnivore's Dilemma

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What is the Omnivore 's Dilemma? That is a question many may wonder on a daily basis. Every time you consume a food product, you have to consider what you are putting in your body. The novel written by Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, explains what the omnivore 's dilemma is, and why it is a recurring issue today. What does the phrase, “the omnivore 's dilemma,” mean? Well, we can start off by describing an omnivore . From our class notes, an omnivore is defined as, “an animal, person, or organism that is able to eat both plants, animals, and fungi” . A dilemma is a challenging or difficult situation or problem in which you have to make a choice. The omnivore’s dilemma is a problem considered when omnivores need to choose what to…show more content…
Corn started as something farmers grew and planted on their own. That all changed in the 1930’s when hybrid corn was invented. Hybrid means a plant or animal that carries the two traits from its parents, or fertilizers. Hybrid corn can be resistant to disease and also produces a lot of corn. Farmers continue to buy hybrid corn seed from large agribusiness companies to grow on farms for it can be mass produced. An even newer invention is the GMO, genetically modified organism. It is where you can alter the genes of a plant, by adding certain types of DNA. This corn is not only put in our food, but it is to pigs, chicken, and cattle who are injected with hormones and antibiotics. We are then eating these animals, and with them the hormones and antibiotics they contain. In conclusion, the omnivore’s dilemma is a problem considered when omnivores ingest food. Our food used to come from open farms, filled with animals, and different types of plants and vegetables. Now, our farms only grow one or two crops -corn and soybean. When hybrid corn was invented, it was used by farmers around the country. An even newer invention is the GMO, genetically modified organism, prevalent in foods today,is when humans add desirable traits to a plant, by adding certain types of DNA. What is the right food to eat, which combination of edible by product, and in what

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