And through his first hand knowledge gained from the fields where the plant is being cultivated, Pollan contends that it is the plant that has depended on human beings for its survival and the huge cultivation of the plant has actually benefited it. Along with this, the importance and function of petroleum that supplied lifeline to the transport system and cultivation and growth of corn in American food supply are thoroughly discussed in this portion of the book as well. Light on the fast food meal is discussed as well to accomplish and discuss the end result of the food chain dependant on industry.
He also places a wide criticism on the industrial model of agriculture. He also discusses that how the scientific invention and innovations of the process like Haber process is helpful in nitrogen fixation which allows a fast and far-reaching simplification of the agricultural process. He puts forth a valid argument that at one plane, the farmers use the local knowledge on the production of the plant that is based on their cultural cognition and on the developed paradigm this knowledge gained more scientific grounds inside laboratories.
To this point he contends that scientific progress involved in the process of corn production which is taking place in laboratories in the modern era, has a negative impact on the agricultural process for the production of corn. In this regard, Pollan views that revival to the localized agricultural methodology would certainly solve many problems related to environment and health culminating from the modern agricultural practices, specifically the methods involved in the production of corn. The investigation of Pollan does not end with the visit of farm in Iowa.
He further throws light on the feedlot where he keenly observes the condition under which a steer is kept before it is slaughtered. He explains that how the steer is given a diet which predominantly contains corn which has an adverse effect on an animal that is actually having the metabolic system apt for consuming grass. Pollan at this point claims a very valid point where he mentions that the unnatural diet consumed by the steer definitely has certain detractions in the value of nutrition produced in the meat of the steer and with a few definite adverse effects on the quality of animal’s life.
Moreover, Pollan also explains the way the use of excessive antibiotics provided to the feedlots has led to many fatal diseases like mad-cow disease and other drug resistant microbes which actually culminated to many other health hazards which would never have been any point of concern if the feedlots would have been provided in natural conditions inherent in their pedigree (Kamp, 2006).
Kamp, D. (2006). Deconstructing dinner. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/23/books/review/23kamp.html?pagewanted=all
Pollan, M. (2006). The Omnivores dilemma: A natural history of four meals. USA: Penguin Press.