We Want Real Food: The Local Food Lover's Bible Paperback – 23 Feb 2006
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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
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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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Everyone needs the information in this book, it's a good background to where we should be going with farming and food production.Published 18 months ago by G
I saw this in my local oxfam and thoight it a riveting title for a book. I will read it with interest as i am passionate about real honest food be sold and served to evryone who... Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2012 by Gemma pc
Here is a book which points very clearly to the urgent need for good food which has been properly produced, not with 'chemical agriculture' and not even with ONLY organic... Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2012 by Blackberry
This is an extremely well written book and a real ey-opener, making the point that soil is our most important asset. Anyone who eats (i.e. everyone) should read this book.Published on 12 Dec. 2011 by H. Rowlands
I am loving this book, got it from the library yesterday afternoon and have not been able to put it down. Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2009 by K. Allen
Having read the seven reviews so far I cannot add anything except to say "Well done Graham, for exposing this outrage, we all needed to know"Published on 7 April 2009 by Mr. Neville S. Gay
This book is an excellent look at the problems with the
production and the nutrient content of the food that the majority
of us eat. Read more
Before i read this book, i knew very little about the food i was eating. I now feel empowered with a great deal of useful knowledge. Read morePublished on 28 May 2006 by David G. Wright