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Not On the Label: What Really Goes into the Food on Your Plate Paperback – 6 May 2004

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141015667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141015668
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
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'A stark, challenging and compelling book’ -- Sunday Times

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Nutshell: Even though this book can be read in a matter of a few hours, it is crammed with fascinating and very useful information.
There are a number of similar books available at the moment, (see "Fast Food Nation - also very good), so why should you choose this one?
1. It is not sensational. Many books today contain "shocking revelations" of "medieval" practices leading to immediate catastrophe (you get the idea). This is not one of those books, even though the book states some facts which are worrisome, and which will convince you to change your ways. The point is that the autor could have made sensational claims, but chose to stick to more believable situations and examples, which does a lot for her credibility.
Example: She doesn't write about the New World Order and how they want to control all the sources of energy and food. She rather writes about the supermarket system's share in unemployment in the UK itself, and about the various supplements and additives in our food (pork in chicken, pesticides, that sort of thing). Things which affect us and things about which we should have been informed in the first place.
2. She offers a plan. The message of the book is not that we are doomed. It is rather that, if we keep on going about our supermarket business the way we are doing it now, we are in for a couple of very nasty suprises, in more areas than only health.
The author offers a number of (practical) solutions and alternatives. One entire chapter is dedicated to this, and her suggestions work. I use them myself and most are quite easy to implement.
This book falls into the "should be required reading" category.
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I bought this book some years ago and found it had a huge effect on the way I thought about the food I was buying and where it was coming from. After reading it you find yourself checking the ingredients in your bread, looking at what country veg and salads were grown in and generally thinking more about food production, food miles, buying more locally produced foods or growing/making your own!

However I suspect some of the information in the book is no longer current as the rules and regulations governing food production will have moved on since then and things change, so if you are looking for a book about how food is produced today I would look for something written more recently.
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Excellent book
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Basically, don't read this book if you wish to remain ignorant about what you eat. Otherwise, it really will change your views and approach towards food. As a result of reading about what supermarkets are doing to our food, and the environment and economy, I'm now looking into getting local, organic food delivered, as I don't want to eat any more rubbish out of supermarkets anymore.
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This is the book the confirms all the sneaky suspicions you have always had when shopping in big supermarkets. Why is nothing ever out of season anymore? Why is everything packed in plastic? Why do we pay the same price for chicken today that our Grandparents did? If everything is so clean and perfect now-a-days why do we still have outbreaks of foot-and-mouth and bird-flu and E-coli, not to mention CJD?
When I read this book I realised that deep down I was aware of the facts I'd just never linked them together. It has helped me to feel better about making the time to go to the butcher's, bakers, fishmonger's etc. It is worth taking the time to visit these local shops (if you have any left). The author explores the links between the movement of immigrant workers, packing factories, the congestion on our roads, the distances travelled by our food before it reaches the supermarket shelves. Her research is thorough and well followed through.
I live in Spain and it just happens that after having read the chapter on salad and the greenhouse of Europe (southern Spain, Almeria(Andalucia)) we went to Roquetas de Mar for a weekend break. This had been booked long before I read the book! When we were there we couldn't stop thinking about everything the author had commented on during her stay in Roquetas, about the soil being used for 3 harvests a year, the pesticides needed to support this, water brought down from the north. In the meantime we, the tourist, were stuffing our faces at buffets and wasting water in an area that is a man-made oasis in the dessert. How long can this go on? I looked out of my hotel room window and saw the sea, the beach and a beautiful swimming pool.
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The Labour Government, and Opposition for that matter, should be locked in a windowless room until they have all read this book. Once read, you will walk through the likes of Tescos and Sainsburys, Asda and Sommerfield with a heavy heart. Macdonalds is not quite the be all and end all of ogres portrayed by Fast Food Nation because in the end we all have a choice not to eat there. Increasingly, however, we do not have the choice as to where we buy our food. I for one am digging up the lawn and growing my own.
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