Part A: Writer Michael Pollan discusses in his chapter “The Potato” from his book The Botany of Desire, the advantages and disadvantages of the development of the “Newleaf”, and also touches on hopes of perhaps discovering whether, why and how this “Newleaf” alternative may alter the relationship between people and food. Michael Pollan’s “The Potato” is well expressed adding an insight to consumers.
Part B: A world filled with falsely represented genetically modified food. That very thought may not have ever occurred to me before reading Michael Pollan’s “The Potato” and without the proper knowledge on the topic one may simply use “not so bad” as the perfect dismissive answer. Personally, consuming food hardly ever carried with it thoughts of the process it went through before reaching me, and I believe the reason for that is the same for many Americans today. There’s simply no time to wonder in this fast paced life. In Pollan’s argument concerning the “Newleaf” he states “The new plants are novel enough to be patented, yet not so novel as to warrant a label telling us what it is we’re eating”. Keeping modified foods in grocery aisles yet refusing to express their origin is irresponsible but it is up to us, the consumers, to unveil the truth behind what we are ingesting daily. As Pollan brings his potato salad to the potluck it srucks him. The detail that has been clear to the food suppliers all along. “So of course I’d have to tell them all about the new leafs—and then, no doubt, bring home a big bowl of untouched potato salad” in other words, the food product won’t be bought by the consumers if it’s known that it’s been altered beyond measures.
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