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3.0 out of 5 stars Very good and informative but not as brilliant as the first book, 27 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Eat Your Heart Out: Why the food business is bad for the planet and your health (Paperback)
I was surprised to see everyone rating this as 5 stars. While Felicity Laurence's last book really was a five star book. This book is less oustanding. I can not really explain why except that it seemed to be a bit less gripping than the last one, but only a bit. For example the description of how margerine was made was so long wordy and complex that it could have done with some diagrams. In the last book that would never have happened. There was one dull chapter where Laurence described a car ride to conference which I even found dull (which is really a rare thing with this author). But that was the only bad chapter. My last gripe was her slightly anti capitalist bent. I would have thought that the government subsidising unhealthy corporate food production is more a description of socialism defined as government intervention rather than "capitalism". I would still recommend this book to others and did enjoy my read. I learned quite a bit and things do make more sense now. She is absolutely right about the crazy domination of a handful of ingredients in so much of our food. After I developed IBS and M.E I had to avoid corn, soya and white sugar, and certain food additives/chemicals. I found that so much in existance had those artificial tiny handful of ingredients - and now I understand why.
Don't be put off buying the book from my review because it is a good book. Just don't expect the same level of brilliance as her last book "Not On the Label."
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Initial post: 8 Sep 2011 21:47:37 BDT
S Wood says:
Lawrence isn't describing something that is socialist (in any meaningful sense of the word) but rather corporate welfare, or - if you prefer - actually existing capitalism as opposed to the simplified fairy tale peddled by not a few economists.
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