Where Your French Fries Come From


Chances are you don’t really think about what’s in your food.  You may look at the ingredients label once in a while, but do you investigate?  Most people don’t.

I’m reading a book called The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan.  It’s about what’s really in our food.  So far I’ve only read two chapters, but I’ve really learned a lot.

The most horrifying thing I’ve read so far is about potatoes. Specifically, french fries. Like most crops, these potatoes are grown in large amounts.  But, unlike other crops, they are grown in a clock formation.  There are big circles of potatoes, like the base of a clock with a “hand.”  The hand is really a big spinning machine that sprays pesticides and water on the potatoes to keep them “healthy.”  One of the pesticides is a chemical called Monitor.  After they spray that, no one’s allowed in the field for five days.  That’s how toxic the potatoes are. That’s not the only chemical used.  Another one is sprayed that would kill a bug if they took a bite of the potato.  Once this is done, the potatoes are stored in a giant shed for six months before they can be turned into french fries.  That’s the kind of stuff I learn in science class.  If you want to know what you eat, read The Omnivore’s Dilemma.


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