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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for high school kids and politicians, 19 Feb 2014
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Dr. Robert Rich "Dr Bob Rich" (Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ecologist Guide to Food (Ecologist Guides) (Paperback)
As an environmentalist who started reading the Ecologist magazine in 1972, I am well informed on negative aspects of the global food industry. All the same, I learned lots from reading this book.
To most of us, food is what we eat. For small farmers, food is the product of decent work and investment; a lifestyle. However, to big business, it is merely another way of maximising profit by “externalising” irrelevancies. These irrelevancies include the rights of people who happen to own what you want to take from them, such as land or fishing grounds; the living conditions of the slaves who work for you; cruelty done to animals in the name of efficiency; the sustainability of the source from which you get your product; the poisons left in the food or drink you market.
Whether it’s shrimps or bananas, the picture is the same. Indeed, food is merely a case study in corporate greed. The same dossier of insane, inhuman profit-making can be assembled concerning pharmaceuticals, hydrocarbon fuels, timber, palm oil, the behaviour of large retail chains... any field of endeavour at all that has a promise of turning a quid. Making an honest profit by providing an honest service is never enough to those who already have too much.
Food, however, is a special field: we need it to survive. Few people live in circumstances that allow them to be self-sufficient in food. So, this book is particularly relevant to those of us who don’t want to eat pesticides, want there to be a future for the children of the world, and who are horrified at the thought of being unwitting partners in crimes against humanity.
This is only a small book, with each page set out the way you’d see in a tabloid newspaper, but it is packed with information. It is easy reading, well researched and hard-hitting.
Here and there we are given examples of how it can be done: real examples of ethical food growing and marketing. I would have liked the book to include many more such examples, and a systematic discussion of where food provision needs to go, and how to get there.
However, even without that, the Ecologist Guide to Food is a must-read. It should be read by high school kids, and even more, be compulsory reading for politicians.
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