Thursday, 12 August 2010

Food, Inc - edited by Karl Weber

Food, Inc - How industrial food is making us sicker, fatter and poorer - And what we can do about it.

From the back of the book: The movie Food, Inc is shaking up our perceptions of what we eat. This powerful documentary deconstructing the corporate food industry in America has been hailed by Entertainment Weekly as 'more than a terrific movie - it's an important movie.'

If daily headlines about food poisoning, pollution, labour abuse and rampant hunger have left you worried or confused about the foods you eat, Food, Inc provides the facts behind the problems - and shows what you can do to make a differnce.

What I get from the book - The book is a companion book to the film which I haven't seen and it explores the challenges raised by the movie in depth through 13 essays, most of them written especially for the book by lots of different experts. One of whom is Michael Pollan who also wrote 'In defence of food'. The book made me redouble my efforts to buy organic, fairtrade, free range and locally produced. The pinnacle is buying locally produced organics and it isn't always easy. Fruit and veg is okay and meat from Ti Kouka Farm (just bought some lamb). The hardest bit it is seasonal, I know Teresa is missing fresh tomatoes and cucumber but it is New Zealand winter and it is the wrong time of year.

Join the movement and we'll start a revolution - stop all unnecessary shopping - separate your needs from your wants.

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