Teaching Kids to Vote with Their Forks
Your children may know what’s on their dinner plates but do they really know where the food came from and exactly what has been done to it before it reached the table? Author Michael Pollan does, and he explains this and more in his newest book for children: The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat (Penguin, 2009).
Pollan, a food journalist noted for his advocacy of seed-to-table awareness, can be credited with enlightening the nation through the popular film Food Inc., as well as his previous books on the subject including In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto and The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. For his latest effort, Pollan turns his attention toward a younger audience.
The book examines many of the same topics as the adult version of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, however it presents the information in a way that is accessible to readers between the ages of 8 and 12. It gets straight to the point on the industrial meal and its long-term effects on our environment, the workers and animals involved in the process and on the health of its consumers. Pollan uses illustrations, photos and graphs to convey these points and ultimately offers solutions to our next generation of omnivores.
To learn more about Michael Pollan and his other works, visit his website at michaelpollan.com.