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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. Pollan points out that the industrial method of farming has led to increased ________ and polluted groundwater.
(a) Food supplies.
(b) Energy.
(c) Oil wells.
(d) Pollution.

2. Salatin doesn't follow the USDA guidelines by processing his _________ in an open air building without any walls.
(a) Chickens.
(b) Vegetables.
(c) Fruits.
(d) Eggs.

3. The idea behind grass farming is that the ________ is the most natural and renewable source of energy.
(a) Sun.
(b) Water.
(c) Worker.
(d) Land.

4. Where does Pollan take his family at the end of this section of the book?
(a) Burger King.
(b) McDonald's.
(c) Taco Bell.
(d) Wendy's.

5. Where is the farm that George Naylor runs when Pollan goes to visit him to learn more?
(a) Kansas.
(b) Iowa.
(c) Nebraska.
(d) Ohio.

Short Answer Questions

1. Pollan isn't surprised that the ________ doesn't encourage Salatin's farming since he buys almost nothing to support it.

2. How many atoms does corn utilize during photosynthesis, unlike others?

3. What were the programs that were set up in order to help farmers during the rougher years?

4. The Salatin farming method is based on _________ polyculture, and it is highly energy efficient.

5. What is the book that is considered to be the organic grower's bible?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the history of Polyface Farm, according to the book?

4. Why is high fructose corn syrup used in sodas today instead of regular sugar?

5. What are three of the benefits to grass farming, as outlined by Pollan?

6. What was the role of Earl Butz in the corn industry, according to the book?

7. What are some of the other creatures and ingredients that are a part of the picture of the natural cow eating the natural grass?

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

9. What happens during the wet mill process of processing corn?

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

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