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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. Though the process of _________, animals can be fed, which then leads to the feeding of humans, too.
(a) Water.
(b) Seasons.
(c) Photosynthesis.
(d) Hard work.

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

3. Organic farms might still look like industrial farms, but they do not use ___________.
(a) Metals.
(b) Chickens.
(c) Chemicals.
(d) Rules.

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

5. Pollan argues that Salatin's method of farming is far more efficient in terms of _________ to produce calories.
(a) Wind.
(b) Fuel.
(c) Calories.
(d) People.

Short Answer Questions

1. By _______, the government became involved in the organic market, as it sought to define what it meant to be organic.

2. The lack of a food _______ is something that causes humans to be susceptible to food fads.

3. Synthetic _______, invented by Fritz Haber as a side effect of his work on bombs in Germany, meant that crops could be grown without care about the amount of this substance on the Earth.

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

5. Corn is one of the only plants that is adaptable to _________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the Salatin farm as Pollan views it in the book from his experiences visiting there.

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

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

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

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

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