Essay on The Logic of Industry and of Nature

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Michael Pollan’s purpose of writing Omnivore’s Dilemma came about when he realizes that society is unbelievably unhealthy due to the abundance of food. The two conflicting logics that Pollan introduces are the logic of nature and the logic of industry; these two logics are reflected through various ways of raising livestock animals. The logic of nature consists of raising livestock animals in a pastoral environment where animals interact with one another and avoid the use of artificial chemicals; whereas, the logic of industry settles on raising livestock animals unnaturally. Growing cattle through the use of corn has allowed meat to be produced in large quantities and in a short time as described in the chapter “Feedlot: Making Meat” …show more content…
(This is what Joel has in mind when he says the animals do the work around here; the hens are his “sanitation crew,” the reason his cattle have no need of chemical pesticides). (126)
Through these two quotes, The Logic of Nature notably examines the importance of raising feedlot animals in a pastoral environment where there is a sustainably less amount of chemical and pesticides use, where as The Logic of Industry relies heavily on speed, producing meat with the use of corn to grow animals in short period of time.
In terms of the logic of human industry feedlots are not about the quality in the production of making meat but more so about the quantity. The logic of human industry relies heavily on the use of NPK, antibiotics, corn, petroleum. All these factors contribute to a faster meat production, since industries is all about the speed. There is a purpose for the overproduction of food; overproduction is “stable” in the industrial food chain. The abundance of food is linked to corn, the most sustainable and reliable crop in the industrial food chain. Corn has become a valuable substance to feed livestock animals and it is also a perfect commodity which makes it easy to transport and nearly indestructible. Cows raised on feedlots have become a major problem since farmer’s

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