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  1. According to Pollan, “Shopping at Whole Foods is a literary experience.” What does he mean by this? Provide an example

much of the food at whole foods has stories attached to them. You can read about the experiences of the cows that you are eating. The chicken even had to name.

  1. How does a cheap food economy reinforce itself? Explain a cheap food economy means that farmers think people only care about right so they only care about price to. There is no more information except how much something costs like $.99 for tomatoes. Consumers only care about cost so they don’t care about the life story of the tomato.
  2. What does Pollan mean when he says that the organic label is an “imperfect substitute for direct observation”?

It does not tell you how food is actually produced people don’t seem to care or have the time to follow their food back to the farm. Most wines are 1500 miles away so we can all imagine what that farm really looks like. Organic label make you think it is simple agriculture but to the signs on food actually match the stories that are told about them. The market makes you feel like you are returning to a utopian path.

  1. Explain why the photographs of the local organic farmers on the walls of Whole Foods are misleading.

Whole foods no longer buy from many people that are the small farms on their wall. They now have a standard regional distribution system with big warehouses that I produce for many stores at one time. There are two big for rich organic growers can tell when you which sell 80% of the organic lettuce old in America

  1. What does Pollan learn about some of the other foods labeled “organic” or “free range”?

Some organic milk that is sold at food comes from back three farms where towels never see a blade of grass in the air in a fenced lot eating grain attached to milking machines. Organic beef E organic high a cosponsor of two. The chicken that is named Rosie live in a factory with 20,000 other chickens and that free range lifestyle means that there’s a little door with the tiny yard but they only can go there two weeks before they are killed

  1. After reading this chapter, what are your own feelings on “industrial organic”?

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I have never bought into the organic movement. I always equate organic food with bugs. So when someone offers me an organic salad I assume that it has bugs on so I am not at all surprised to hear of these practices. It is about making money. Whole foods exists to make money so you cannot be surprised that their practices are there to entice you to spend money

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  1. According to Pollan, “Shopping at Whole Foods is a literary experience.” What does he mean by this? Provide an example

everything in their store has a story to it. You can’t buy just tomatoes, you have to buy tomatoes farmed by Indians in Alaska for fair price. There is a lot of reading involved at a whole foods store everything seems to have a wonderful existence until you buy. The cows live in a beautiful farmland and the chickens have names.

  1. How does a cheap food economy reinforce itself?

Explain a cheap food, me means that consumers care more about price than they do about where their food comes from. But it also means that producers of food care more about telling people what they want, cheap food, so they try to get the price as low as they can at the cost serving quality food

  1. What does Pollan mean when he says that the organic label is an “imperfect substitute for direct observation”?

If you read the label you will find that some organic milk palms responds. You can also find organic TV dinners that have hundreds of ingredients from many different places that don’t sound organic at all. A lot of things that are organic doesn’t mean what we think it means. When he followed the food back to the manufacturer at whole foods he found that that cows that were certified organic do not live in a pasture but a pen that doesn’t have a single blade of grass in it but they eat organic grain.

  1. Explain why the photographs of the local organic farmers on the walls of Whole Foods are misleading.

80% of the organic lettuce that people eat come from one of two farms in California. The people in the pictures on the walls to not have farms large enough and now whole foods purchases from large companies that send their food to processing centers that serve as 20 or 30 stores at a time. It is nothing but false advertising.

  1. What does Pollan learn about some of the other foods labeled “organic” or “free range”?

When he followed the food back to the manufacturer at whole foods he found that that cows that were certified organic do not live in a pasture but a pen that doesn’t have a single blade of grass in it but they eat organic grain. Only in your imagination do the cows live on gigantic field of green grass, the reality is it lives in a tiny pen but has different feed. The chicken that they named Rosie actually lives in a big animal Farm with thousands of other chickens and there is a tiny rearrange grass area but they can’t play in it the whole lives only two weeks before they are sent to be slaughtered.

  1. After reading this chapter, what are your own feelings on “industrial organic”?

It all sounds like a big scam to me. Now not only are you not eating really organic food you are paying 10 times more than it would cost at Safeway. At lease Safeway doesn’t pretend their food comes from someplace it doesn’t. It actually seems worse to me till I about where your food comes from and act all uppity about it when really you’re just too stupid to read a label.