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PAUL Roberts wrote The End Of Oil, an engrossing book about how the world’s oil is petering out and how this will affect the world in the future. In this book, he investi- gatesgates the global food production and distribution system, and how it is straining the Earth’s resources.
Unfortunately, greed is enabling inefficient systems to continue running. On top of this, global warming, overpopulation and overfarming are creating a “perfect storm” that will tip the Earth into a global food crisis.
Roberts interviews the people involved in the food production system – from farmers to politi-politicians – and examines various “solutions”, such as genetically modified foods, organic and integrated polyculture farming, aquaculture and the locavore movement (“eat food grown locally”).
Author: David id A. Kessler Publisher: Penguin Author: Michael Pollan Publisher: Penguin IT is ironic that while some parts of the world struggle with famine, industrialised nations are struggling with an obesity epidemic. Kessler says that the problem is not caused only by people’s greedy natures, but by the chemicals in processed food that cause people to overeat and that have affected human bodies in negative ways. Kessler explains how our appetites, or our desire to eat, originate in the brain, and how salt, fat and sugar, if combined in a certain way, are potent appetite stimulants. Food manufacturers are keenly aware of this fact and thus design food products that will induce people to eat more so that they can sell more food and achieve bigger profit margins.
Kessler highlights that there’s a way out of this “conditioned hypereating”. So, if you’re keen to understand why you can’t lose weight and if you want to be healthier, this book may provide the answers. EATING used to be a simple affair, but now industrialised nations are fighting an obesity epidemic and are obsessed with nutritionally radical diets. How did it get this way?
Pollan, a renowned “food activist” ( see interview on previous page), explores the human food chain to discover how food is produced. He goes hunting, slaughters chickens on an organic farm, and picks mushrooms to understand just how that salad and roast chicken came to be on the dinner table and what kind of sacrifice is entailed in getting them there. The highly industrialised, factory-based farming of animals, for one, has caused incommensurable suffering to farm animals and is also harming people in the process.
Processed foods, however, is an even trickier affair. The scientifically put-together foods, designed to stimulate our appetites, affects the human body in unpredictable ways and may have long-term health affects.
A classic and necessary read for those concerned about consuming and preparing healthy food. Author: Tristram Stuart Publisher: Penguin IT is a terrible crime that European and American food manufacturers, supermarkets and consumers throw away between 30% and 50% of their food supply, says Stuart. This is enough to feed the world’s hungry, he says.
Stuart also illustrates how inefficient harvesting and farming techniques also waste food. If rich countries can reduce food wastage – often caused by profit-driven reasons – and if Third World countries can implement better farming systems, less food will be wasted and all the food could perhaps go to the people who need it.
This is a thought-provoking book, and it will move you to action – Stuart gives easy ways for an individual to reduce food waste in his or her life.life. –