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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) Industrialization.
(b) Colonization.
(c) USDA rules.
(d) Government protection.

2. The grass also gets a chance to ________ when the cattle is moved around.
(a) Die.
(b) Recover.
(c) Move.
(d) Grow.

3. The farm and the human are two ________ natural systems that the food industry relies on.
(a) Perfect.
(b) Complicated.
(c) Malleable.
(d) Imperfect.

4. Humans are not a perfect natural system in the food system because they can only _______ so much food.
(a) Make.
(b) Buy.
(c) Consume.
(d) Throw away.

5. What is the name of the person who began to take away the programs to help the farmers?
(a) Earl Butz.
(b) Ed Burrow.
(c) Dwight Eisenhower.
(d) Gerald Ford.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Pollan begin helping Salatin do when this chapter begins?

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

3. _________ Farm started out as a small farm that sold pre-bagged salad mix, according to the book.

4. The idea behind grass farming is that the ________ is the most natural and renewable source of energy.

5. What is NOT one of the threads of the worldwide food chain that humans fit into?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why do humans have the problem of the omnivore's dilemma, according to Pollan?

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

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

7. What is the main idea behind the process of grass farming?

8. What does the lack of a good culture in America cause among people?

9. What does a person need to know in order to succeed with grass farming?

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

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