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This review is from: Eat Your Heart Out: Why the food business is bad for the planet and your health (Paperback)
I loved this book. I was engrossed from the very first page, and the more I read, the more I was appalled at state of the world's food systems. I am simply shocked at the modern day slavery, and the embarrassing inabilities of our governments to be able to control corporate power or even obtain taxes from these giants.
I liked the combination of economics, ethics, politics and food and nutrition in this book. I couldn't really get into Not on the Label: What Really Goes into the Food on Your Plate because I thought I already shopped ethically and healthily. However reading this has changed my view of everything, I can see how everything is linked, where those who control us are headed, and how it's not in the direction I would like.
Saddened and frustrated, I am also inspired to become pro-active and change what piece of the world I can. I am determined to stop any more of the destruction of the Amazon rainforest by soya growing corporate giants, and to end the mafia run slavery in Italy, where our tomatoes are farmed.
I think to draw my own conclusions from this book that there must be a radical reform to our own political systems. Capitalism has it's benefits, but it should never have been limitless. I think capitalism needs to be capped in order to control growth, and empower the social ethics that are so key to quality of life. I have never understood why people are so obsessed with the bottom line, even to the point where they destroy their own earth. For this to happen though it would mean that politicians would need to be more powerful than corporations.
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Initial post: 9 Mar 2011 16:37:09 GMT
"For this to happen though it would mean that politicians would need to be more powerful than corporations. "
This is the essence of the problem. Basic power structures in this world are economic; for the most part political frameworks adapt to those power strucutres, when there is friction and attempted resistance it is almost always the economic power structure that wins out. We cannot hope that politicians will have any power in this system until we confront the power of the global capitalist economy.
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