The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Setting & Symbolism

Michael Pollan
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Omnivore

An omnivore is a creature that eats both plants and animals as primary sources of food.

C4

C4 is the botanical nickname for a group of plants, including corn, that create compounds during photosynthesis that have four carbon atoms.

Heterosis

Heterosis (hybrid vigor) refers to plants that have better yields than either of their parents.

Ammonium nitrate

Ammonium nitrate is the principle ingredient in making explosives, and also a prime source of nitrogen for plants.

New Deal Farm Programs

The New Deal Farm programs were an attempt by the government to create a grain reserve. For commodities that can be stored, the government established a target price based on costs of production. If the market price dropped below that amount, the farmer could either choose to sell his corn on the market or take out a loan against his corn from the government. If the corn prices...

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