29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Excellent content and excellent writing style,
This review is from: Not On the Label: What Really Goes into the Food on Your Plate (Paperback)
This is an EXCELLENT book. It contains lots of important, well-researched information and it is extremely well written. As someone interested in food production I thought I knew a fair bit, but reading this showed me a) how little I knew and b)how bad things are out there.
All the chapters made a big impact but I was particularly moved by the descriptions of the migrant agricultural workers living on rubbish tips in Spain, of coffee farmers who were paid so little for their crop that they couldn't support their families and of the phenomenally destructive (and disgusting) practice of prawn farming in South-East Asia.
Time and time again what came across is the enormous power of the supermarkets and how in competing with each other to be cheapest they create misery all the way down the food supply chain. Some of the supermarket practices described simply beggar belief.
In short, I'd recommend that anyone with an interest in food devour this book and disgest its contents. The facts it contains might give you some indigestion but you'll be very glad you tried it!