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We Want Real Food: The Local Food Lover's Bible Paperback – 23 Feb 2006

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (23 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845292677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845292676
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 818,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an absolutely amazing book, and one which kept me riveted the whole
way through. -- Families South West Magazine 1 September 2006

'it offers exactly what it says on the cover - a straight forward guide' -- FT Magazine, July 15, 2006

A brilliant new book -- Western Morning News

A fascinating account for the consumer. -- Permaculture

Graham Harvey explains clearly that we can all make a change in what we eat and radically improve our health -- The Ecologist

If you are concerned about the food you eat it is well worth reading -- The Dubliner

This is a book that deserves to be properly chewed over. -- The Guardian

This is a passionate, well-argued and thought-provoking book -- Independent On Sunday

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We are being encouraged to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables and many of us regularly spend more on organic produce in the belief that is better for our health and taste buds. This work illustrates how our industrial farming techniques are denuding our soil of the essential nutrients, minerals and structures needed to produce quality produce.

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I would offer this as being pretty much a required book for anyone at all interested in the quality of the food that they are feeding themselves and their children.

Harvey's book is both well written and (it seems to me at least) very well researched. In essence, he offers evidence that modern industrial farming techniques are robbing foodstuffs of a high proportion of important nutrients - minerals, fatty acids and others. He links this in with the rise in rates of so-called diseases of affluence, which has been done to an extent by others, but goes further to suggest that illnesses such as dementia and behavioural difficulties may in no small way be linked to a deficient diet.

Harvey examines the ways in which nutritional balance could be returned to foods and how the production of even "organic" foods has been grossly compromised by the application of industrial farming techniques and a stretching of the definition of "organic."

Harvey provides plenty of reference to research in his text, but also includes considerable anecdotal evidence: if I have a criticism of the work it is that sometimes it is difficult to see where the hard science ends and the anecdote begins, but in general he does a good job in separating fact from speculation.

Highly recommended for anyone interested in farming, food production and, indeed, what they are putting into their mouths.
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If you read nothing else this year, read this book. It will open your eyes to the staggering effects on our health of the foods that we all consume. It is very well researched, and draws in many of the author's personal experiences of farming and food of the forties, fifties and sixties. Although anecdotal, these are strongly relevant and will be identified with by anyone who has lived in those decades or earlier. If you were born since those times, it is even more important that you see what Graham Harvey is showing us, because our lives, literally, depend on it.
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This is a book whose time has come! Nothing else in the UK comes close at the moment to explaining the full extent of the problem of food with inadequate nutrition. Consumers are affected, even if they do seek out whole foods, by the lack of minerals and other nutrients stemming from deficient soil. Producers are squeezed by the relentless drive to produce food at the cheapest possible price without concern for quality or sustainable farming. How wonderful also to find that the author references the work of Weston A Price and the Weston A Price Foundation whose findings present the only truly sustainable path back to robust good health for citizens and economic prosperity for rural farming communities. Outstanding health does not come from chemical vitamins, low fat slimming plans or even vegetarianism. Rich full fat dairy products, especially golden yellow butter, from cattle on pastures for most of their lives, high quality meat for those who chose to eat it, again from pastured animals, and organic grains, vegetables and fruits bursting with nutrients are the cornerstones of vitality and longevity. These foods will not keep for years on a supermarket shelf and cannot be produced at the lowest possible cost: they require thoughtful farming with great attention to the health of the livestock and the productivity of the soil in future generations.
It is possible to find supremely health foods with persistence and ingenuity, although it is difficult for those with time or budgetary constraints. It is my fervent hope that this book may create a groundswell of consumer demand for truly healthy nutrient dense foods produced with care.
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Graham has hit the nail on the head in this page turning, groundbreaking book. There is a crisis in modern agriculture and a crisis in public health. Is it possible the two are linked? Graham makes a very convincing case. Citing examples from all over the world the depth of the problem becomes clear as does the answer. Our health is linked to our nutrition, our nutrition to our food, our food to farming and the soil.

I couldn't believe the regime of chemicals which are poured into producing wheat. Yet working with nature can be more profitable. Are our farmers held captive by the chemical giants?

Surely this book must be the spearhead for change.
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As you may have guessed by my rating I loved this book!
It is pitched just right allowing the seriousness to sink in of how a few large companies can control what we eat whilst offering hope and solutions.
Modern agriculture leads to food depleted in vitamins and minerals which contributes to, if not the causes, most UK diseases of which the incidences are souring. Obesity, cancer, heart disease and allergies are amongst those discussed. Afflictions unknown in our historical past (and still missing in some other counties) are linked to our poor modern food and no amount of dieting or sticking to your 5-a-day will suffice if those 5 items are lacking in nutrition.
Graham Harvey gives us the knowledge to enable us to buy 'real' food and protect our health. In the process we vote with our wallets/purses and influence the supermarkets who in turn influence farming practices so that more 'real' food is available. The farming practices used to produce 'real' food will also be better for the countryside conservation, animal welfare and the environment.
Buying better basic foods has got to be cheaper in the long run than buying all those diet books and supposed 'health' foods too!
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