For my Composition I class the instructor is having us read the book The Omnivoire’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. I’m normally not much of a book reader–preferring rather to curl up on the couch with a warm laptop–but seeing as it’s required to pass the class, I’ve been giving it a try. To clarify, when I say “giving it a try,” I mean I read the book until I got about two hundred pages behind everyone else in class and ended up buying the audiobook from iTunes for $17 so I could listen to it in the car.
Were I a reader–you know, someone in an old oversized winged-armchair flanked by floor-to-ceiling stretching bookcases, I think I would really like this book.
Pollan more or less travels across the country visiting different components of the different faces that make up our modern food system. From industrial farms (if they can really be called “farms”) to the organic and “organic” (the latter being those that claim organicality, but really have more in common with the industrial than the natural.)
Pollan does a lot of research and investigation, so much so that almost every encounter I’ve had with food since starting the book has been full of paranoia and guilt.
I’ve picked my classes for the spring semester:
HIST 1031 – “United States to 1877″ – 3 Credits
This first-year course is a survey of American economic, political, and social history from pre-European contact through the aftermath of the Civil War. Topics include Colonial America and the Revolution, the creation of an American national identity, and the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students will focus on the contributions of men and women from different ethnic and racial backgrounds.
PHIL 1031 – “Ethics” – 3 Credits
This course will examine questions of what is morally right and wrong. Theoretical questions such as “what makes an action morally right or wrong?”, “what type of moral character should a person have?” and “are there correct answers to moral questions?” will be studied. Included in the course will be the study of ethical theory and the application of ethical theory to modern moral problems.