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Michael Pollan
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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. Salatin pushes for the right to opt out of ____________ of his farm, according to the book.
(a) Government protection.
(b) USDA rules.
(c) Colonization.
(d) Industrialization.

2. What is NOT one of the threads of the worldwide food chain that humans fit into?
(a) The hunter-gatherer chain.
(b) The dairy market.
(c) The industrial chain.
(d) The organic chain.

3. What does Pollan begin helping Salatin do when this chapter begins?
(a) Add fertilizer.
(b) Milk a cow.
(c) Weed the land.
(d) Make hay.

4. What does the farmer use to cover the chicken waste in the compost pile?
(a) Apples.
(b) Manure.
(c) Wood chips.
(d) Soil.

5. By _______, the government became involved in the organic market, as it sought to define what it meant to be organic.
(a) 1970.
(b) 1990.
(c) 2000.
(d) 1980.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Pollan take his family at the end of this section of the book?

2. Organic farms might still look like industrial farms, but they do not use ___________.

3. Corn takes in more carbon _______ during the process of photosynthesis than other plants.

4. Where do all of the parts of the corn end up in as a result of the new process to separate its parts?

5. Corn became a _________ because of its many applications for use by the settlers.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Pollan point out as a downside of there being more organic farms around today?

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

3. What is the hybrid corn that is described in this section of the book?

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

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

6. Why does most of the corn planting farming rely on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO)?

7. What does Naylor admit that he and most other growers grow in their corn fields?

8. Why are the chicken pens slowly moved around the pasture during the day?

9. What happened as a result of corn having mutated early on in its use?

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

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