The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Pollan
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Pollan admit about the chickens that Salatin sells on his farm?

2. What do many farmers rely on in order to create higher yields at their farms?

3. What store does Pollan go to in order to begin creating a store-purchased organic meal?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is another impact of the push for corn in farming, related to another type of industrialized food supply?

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

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

8. What does Pollan point out is the start of any of the foods in the food chain, which came as a surprise to him?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Corn is a food that seems to be dominant in the food chain, with it being a food for animals as well as a food for humans.

Part 1: Is it a good idea to have one food be so dominant in a food culture?

Part 2: Why do you think corn is something that is so dominant in the food culture?

Part 3: How do you think society can get away from corn or can it?

Essay Topic 2

The food industry, according to Pollan, relies on two imperfect natural systems - the farm and the human.

Part 1: What do you think might create a more perfect system for farming?

Part 2: Is it even possible to have a perfect system for farming?

Part 3: Do you think the farms or the humans are more to blame for the troubles in the food chain right now?

Essay Topic 3

The government doesn't encourage off the grid and natural farming, according to Pollan and Salatin's discussion.

Part 1: Why wouldn't the government encourage a more efficient way of farming?

Part 2: How do industrial farmers help the government?

Part 3: What might happen if the government supported farmers like Salatin?

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