Eat Your Heart Out: Why the food business is bad for the planet and your health Paperback – 26 Jun 2008
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I can't remember when a book made me more angry. Lawrence's book should be compulsory reading . . . nothing is what it says on the packet (Allison Pearson, on Not on the Label Evening Standard)
Challenges each and every one of us to think again about what we eat. It's almost like uncovering a secret state within the state (Andrew Marr, BBC Radio 4's Start the Week)
I can't remember when a book made me more angry. Lawrence's book should be compulsory reading (Allison Pearson, on Not on the Label Evening Standard)
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This book ties in so many aspects of a system that we should all know and care about, not least because it depends so heavily on exploitation, messes up the environment, is unsustainable and serves up a food that is simply not very good for us (despite the way it's advertised). If that all sounds a bit left-wing and radical-veggy, then I would add that one of the most shocking apsects is how tax-payers on both sides of the Atlantic are having to fork out for massive (and damaging) subsidies that don't actually seem to help those who really need it.
Felicity Lawrence does a great job of tying together the complex issues in a very readable way. Highly recommended - this really will change the way you think about food.
I too found this a better read than "Not On The Label" in that it explained more thoroughly the health implications of moving away from a diet that has evolved naturally over several thousand years to one that was artificially manufactured in the second half of the last century - seemingly not in the best interests of consumers but rather to line the pockets of agribusiness and to further the geo-political aims of successive American and European governments. There's plenty of "and now the science bit" but, whilst being quite detailed, I never found it difficult to follow.
Before reading "Eat Your Heart Out" I felt a growing uneasiness about the direction our over-processed, convenience-led food supply was taking us. Now I feel much more informed about the damage that is being done to our health and society.
This book will open your eyes and may even radicalize you a little. It really is breathtaking what has happened to our diets in the course of just a few decades. Thankfully, the author remains (just) optomistic that we've not passed the point of no return, and that a deal of the damage can be undone. But that's gonna have to start with individuals changing their buying habits and modifying their lifestyles. "Eat Your Heart Out" explains exactly why you should start today.
I was also impressed by the connection between economic migration to the West from countries that had been ravaged by cheap imports from the West. What goes around comes around.
I can now also see the obvious connection between lifestyle causing obesity and its modern treatment, namely bariatric surgery, which does nothing to the underlying problem but acts as a quick fix solution (people continue to gain weight after surgery). Contrastingly, governments pay only lip-service at best to improving affordability of naturally available seasonal food and promoting regular exercise from an early age in order to prevent obesity in the first place: where would all the revenue come from then?
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