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Overview of Exploring Food Systems with The Omnivore's Dilemma (Guided)

This is a guided course where you will learn about food systems (conventional industrial, organic industrial, sustainable, wild) in the United States today. 

Michael Pollan's book, The Omnivore's Dilemma - Young Reader's Edition, will be the guiding textbook for the course. For each section of the book, there will be 1-3 activities offered for you to do independently (alone or with family) that connect to the topic discussed in the book. 

Each main part of the book will include a larger cumulative project to reinforce topics learned. Final project options will be offered at the end of the course. 

As a guided class, you will do most of this class at your own pace (no full class live meetings on a regular basis), with periodic check-ins with the instructor for feedback, guidance, and review.  

This guided class structure is great for a learner with a flexible schedule, or who likes to go at their own pace and get a little guidance as needed. Self-motivated and advanced/gifted students may find a good fit with this course.

Age Range


Class Dates and Meeting Information

Class is available from January 23 - June 30, 2023

This is a Guided Class, which means that there are no regular live meetings. Instead, you will schedule live check-ins with the instructor as appropriate. Asynchronous communication is available throughout the class via Discord and email.

Supply List


You will need a copy of The Omnivore’s Dilemma: Young Readers Edition, by Michael Pollan. This course will NOT use the original (adult) edition of The Omnivore’s Dilemma

This book is available in hard copy (paperback and hardback), as well as in digital and audiobook.  

ISBN-13: 978-1101993835

ASIN: B00381B7HS



Activity Materials:

Activities will require some materials depending on how you choose to accomplish them.

For example, you may need a way to take notes while checking prices of foods at a store. Some project may involve an option to buy food and eat it. However, all activities should be able to be completed without incurring excessive cost or needing special materials unless you choose to try something specific (like cook with new ingredients).  

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