ISS310PollanQs - ISS 310: People and the Environment...

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ISS 310: People and the Environment Fall 2007 Reading Assignment #1 50 questions worth 1 point each, and 1 short essay worth 10 points, for 50 total points Directions: Using the answer sheet provided in class, answer each of the following questions on the book The Omnivore’s Dilemma (by Michael Pollan, 2006). Please read each question carefully. After finishing the book, write a response to the short essay question on the last page of this packet. Introduction (pp. 1-11) 1. What is the omnivore’s dilemma? a. When you can eat just about anything nature has to offer, deciding what you should eat causes anxiety because many potential foods may sicken or kill you. b. As an omnivore, you are faced with an astounding range of foods to eat, unlike specialized herbivores, which only have a few food items to choose from. c. Since omnivores can eat almost any food in an ecosystem, you would think many animals would be omnivores. Thus, it is surprising that there are so few omnivores. d. Even though humans are much more intelligent than other animals, we still share feeding strategies with smaller, less intelligent omnivores like rats and pigs. e. If you must choose from an incredibly diverse array of foods, you can simplify your choice by eliminating broad categories of food, especially those that may sicken you. 2. Pollan argues that the industrial agriculture that has developed in the U.S. since World War II has changed the fundamental rules of agriculture by reducing our complete reliance on __________ for our calories, and substituting __________ to supply energy in the food chain. a. wheat; corn b. farming; industry c. the sun; fossil fuels d. photosynthesis; synthetic chemicals e. vegetation; livestock Chapter 1 (pp. 15-31) 3. Although supermarkets are completely human-made settings, Pollan argues that they are also parts of ecosystems. Why? a. Most supermarkets host innumerable insects, which make up complex food webs. b. All supermarkets include a produce section with various plant products, as well as a meat section with animals that fed upon plants before they were slaughtered. c. Except for salt and a handful of additives, every edible item is a link in a food chain that begins with a plant. d. Even though humans may build supermarkets, humans are parts of ecosystems and this means our buildings are also parts of ecosystems. e. Social spaces like supermarkets and restaurants are inherently ecological because they host numerous interactions between people.
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4. Pollan describes a type of molecular analysis that shows that corn is the predominant source of carbon in the molecular make-up of most Americans. Which of the following is NOT an inconspicuous source of corn in our diet? a. beverages sweetened with high fructose corn syrup
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ISS310PollanQs - ISS 310: People and the Environment...

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