Journal 10/Mapping Wendell Berry’s “The Pleasure of Eating”

In “The Pleasure of Eating” Wendell Berry covered all of aspects of food in our culture. In our society today, we base out eating habits off of how we live. For most of us, we are always on the go going about our days. Whether we are going to school, work, or helping others in the process, we truly do not take the time to sit and think about what we are eating. When a meal is presented in front of us, our immediate reaction is to devour it. The thought of knowing where the food itself came from or how it got to our plates in the process rarely crosses our mind.


  1. Berry claim: “Like industrial sex, industrial eating has become a degraded, poor, and paltry thing.”

Explanation: We have become so dependent on the fast food industry that it has begun shaping our world. Fast food is known to be full of calories and unknown ingredients, yet we still contribute to the industries at the cost of our health. Fast food is a go-to meal because of how inexpensive and effortless it is. It does not require a lot of time, hence the word “fast.” There is no preparation process. Instead, you place your order, hand a stranger your method of payment, and be on your way.

  1. Berry claim: “One will find this obliviousness represented in virgin purity in the advertisements of the food industry, in which food wears as much makeup as the actors.”

Explanation: There are advertisements for a variety of food industries on television, billboards, the radio, and even through emails. There is no escaping the sensation of biting into a juicy burger. Unfortunately, most of these commercials are false advertising. Every worker of a low-paying fast food chain is not going to work to his or her capacity to serve someone a premade burger. The food is made to look better than it appears to be because they want to visually attract their customers. Regardless, we continue to add to these multimillion-dollar corporations each day.

  1. Berry claim: “But as scale increases, diversity declines; as diversity declines, so does health; as health declines, the dependence on drugs and chemicals necessarily increases.”

Explanation: There is a process of events that eventually lead up to one another. Once health fails, the demand for drugs increases and the money of these products build up. In a way, they all feed off of each other financially and become dependent on one another.

  1. Berry claim: “My own inclination is to eat seafood instead of red meat or poultry when I am traveling.”

Explanation: We don’t have to necessarily become a vegetarian in order to be involved in this cause. Berry suggests we can do so by limiting our options. Animals such as cows, chickens, and lambs experienced more suffering than a fish or a crab.

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