Christopher D. Cook
Christopher D. Cook is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Harper's, Mother Jones, The Nation, and elsewhere. He is the author of Diet for a Dead Planet: How the Food Industry Is Killing Us, from which this piece was excerpted. The book, published by the New Press, is due out in November. For more info, see www.dietforadeadplanet.com
You are in the supermarket, exhausted after another wearying day at the office (or the factory). You just want to get home and eat, and now your senses are pummeled by the brightly packaged bounty all around you. You are at once awakened and overwhelmed. What will you pick from this vast corporate garden?