- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Not On the Label: What Really Goes into the Food on Your Plate Paperback – 6 May 2004
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'A stark, challenging and compelling book -- Sunday Times
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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.Read more ›
However I suspect some of the information in the book is no longer current as the rules and regulations governing food production will have moved on since then and things change, so if you are looking for a book about how food is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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As it says above this book is well worth reading and well written. A warning though, if you read it you'll never view supermarkets the same again. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ailz
What a brilliant yet infuriating book. Everyone needs to read this; you have no idea what goes on behind the scenes of the food industry. Read morePublished 9 months ago by shadowypsilon
Brilliant. Anyone who cares about food animals and where you're food comes from should buy. Provides the eye opening reality of the control supermarkets have over the rubbish on... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brandon ward
A great read very interesting if a little scary about whats in our foodPublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Worth reading if you're considering becoming a Vegetarian!
A great insight to the things we are actually consuming!
What a fantastic book. Just the right amount of detail and it highlights the shocking way our food is produced and how farmers are treated. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mrs. Joanne Lewis
Old book now but totally transformed how we looked at food back in the early 2000'sPublished 17 months ago by K
Great read...........makes you really evaluate the impact of what you put in your mouth!!Published 18 months ago by Mr Paul M Ellis-Howe