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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the underlying foundation of the entire Salatin farm, according to Pollan?
(a) Grass.
(b) Corn.
(c) Chickens.
(d) Wheat.

2. The pastures are filled with native grasses that actually benefit from ____________.
(a) Mowing.
(b) Fertilizers.
(c) Grazing.
(d) Organic yogurt.

3. Corn began to rise to fame when the government war factories turned into __________ factories.
(a) Commerce.
(b) Peacetime.
(c) Reduction.
(d) Military.

4. Where does Pollan find himself first questioning what the food on the market is made of?
(a) Camp.
(b) Supermarket.
(c) Farm.
(d) Forest.

5. A new program was introduced to pay the farmers directly for the difference in price between the target and the selling price of ________.
(a) Corn.
(b) Soybeans.
(c) Wheat.
(d) Barley.

Short Answer Questions

1. Salatin doesn't follow the USDA guidelines by processing his _________ in an open air building without any walls.

2. Every day, the ________ pens are moved to ensure that the droppings spread evenly.

3. What helps to reduce evaporation in the fields, and help to produce more carbon for the plants in the farm?

4. In many CAFOs, the _______ of pigs are cut off in response to the aggressive behavior they have in those conditions.

5. The grass also gets a chance to ________ when the cattle is moved around.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is corn starch broken down into after it has been processed in the wet milling process?

2. What are the reasons why Pollan calls farms and humans imperfect natural systems?

3. What indicates a higher ratio of corn being eaten in a human's diet?

4. What are the three different parts of the food chain that Pollan follows in this book?

5. What does Pollan point out as being the ingredients that are in a common breakfast cereal?

6. What did Pollan feel about the meal that he had that was made from all organic foods?

7. What are the environmental results of the industrial method of farming, as Pollan finds out?

8. What happens to the cows that produce organic milk for places like Whole Foods, according to Pollan?

9. What does the Salatin farm not need to use because it practices other methods of pest control and fertilization?

10. What are some of the compounds that are derived from the various parts of the corn kernel?

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