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Annotated Bibliography Kaufman, P. (2006, February 20). The omnivore’s dilemma: A natural history of four meals. Publisher’s Weekly.

Pamela Kaufman, a reviewer for Publisher’s Weekly, praises Michael Pollan’s book, which follows the food chain of four meals back to their sources, including a McDonald’s lunch and a dinner of supposedly wholesome items from Whole Foods market. She finds Pollan to be a good writer and thorough researcher, not a “preachy” activist. Her brief review is positive, which is why Pollan probably has it posted on his website. This would be a useful source if contrasted against a more critical evaluation of Pollan’s work.

Pollan, M. (2002). The botany of desire: A plant’s-eye view of the world. New York: Random House.
Pollan outlines the history of four crops-- apples, tulips, marijuana and potatoes. He discusses how humans have influenced their evolution and how crops have influenced our cultures. He recounts real stories, rather than myths, about such characters as “Johnny Appleseed,” an eccentric loner who helped colonize various apple crops across a new America. As a result, we do not have as many varieties of apples as once existed, and the ones we have are less resistant to pests.

Pollan, Michael. (2008). In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. New York: The Penguin Press. ISBN 978-1-59420-145-5

Pollan’s book can be summed up in his introductory statement: “Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.” Pollan explores the roots of the current American food system and details how government regulation of the food industry has been affected by pressure from agriculture interest groups and corporations. Agencies intended to protect consumers now protect producers. Concentration of the ownership of…...

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