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5.0 out of 5 stars What's in /your/ shopping cart?, 17 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Not On the Label: What Really Goes into the Food on Your Plate (Paperback)
This is a superb expose, even for those of us who "thought we'd heard it all", about practically every aspect of today's food industry. The format, with each chapter starting with a simple, apparently inoffensive item of food (eg 'Beans') and going on to reveal anything from slow poisonning to slave labour, makes the read easily digestible even if its contents are not. Drawing on her experiences working as an investigative journalist for The Guardian and Panorama, the author exposes how even vegetarians and those of us who try and 'shop organic' may inadvertantly be adding to the problems.
However all is not necessarily doom and gloom. The author outlines legislation which could be applied in any country to curb the problems, and which would have a realistic chance of becoming law here in the UK. The book ends with a comprehensive guide to how you the consumer can avoid the worst of the food industry's excesses, including a list of sources of more detailed information, bibliography and footnotes.
In the light of the UK's problems with BSE, FMD, e. coli, obesity, teenage delinquancy (I could go on!) this is a crucial read. And if you are from outwith the UK, read it anyway and learn from our mistakes.
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