Micheal Moss is an excellent journalist, I always enjoy reading his forays into the world of food even if I'm a bit queasy about what he reports.
I foMicheal Moss is an excellent journalist, I always enjoy reading his forays into the world of food even if I'm a bit queasy about what he reports.
I found the way the facts were mixed with narrative to be a good choice for this subject, it works very well and it's only a couple points where it's a little slow. There's so much information but I feel this is a better introduction to the wiles of the industry than Marion Nestle's writing (much as I love her!) since she can be a bit fact-heavy. Moss is an accessible writer.
I appreciated that he gave a very balanced report, despite it being a piece to discuss the over-marketing of empty calories there is a lot of time given to the industry officials to share their views and how they themselves are trapped. I can understand their fear of regulation but at the same time, as is indicated by the issues they themselves admit when trying to switch to healthier alternative, it's not as though they are free to do as they please. The "invisible hand" makes rules that are very strict, in this case it's that fat and sugar sell food and without constraints on their competitors to also restrict their use of these three unhealthy additives there's not much they can do to improve.
The psychology behind the marketing and science behind creating maximum allure for foods is fascinating and frightening. It's hard to argue that the consumer is on an equal playingfield, especially when it comes to what children eat.
I was a little disappointed there was no mention of "pouring rights" contracts which is a major issue with soda marketing to children and has been around for many years. Over 70% of American public schools have one, so it's a huge oversight. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic......more
An engaging read and a good book even if you only have a layman's understanding of economics. Very interesting to hear about the people she met alongAn engaging read and a good book even if you only have a layman's understanding of economics. Very interesting to hear about the people she met along the way while researching.
I disagree with some of the author's conclusions in the last section but there was a lot of good information in here to consider. She believes that the path to world peace is the free market, and believes that it empowers everyone it comes in contact with. I'm unsure that she's in an unbiased position to make such broad statements.
Also, there were point where she would just draw a conclusion, as though it were the only explaination possible. For example, discussing socialism in Tanzania she talks about how it's failure was proof enough to determine that socialism could never work and keeps referring to it as "a broken operating system"--never mind the social, historical and global factors that...just maybe...had an effect too.
Excellent stuff, will have to write a longer review later.
Reads like a thriller, and Marion does a fantastic job of connecting the issues of dog foodExcellent stuff, will have to write a longer review later.
Reads like a thriller, and Marion does a fantastic job of connecting the issues of dog food to the wider food distribution chain. The more I learn the more I question the wisdom of our food system....more
Joel Salatin is someone very vocal in food politics, and quoted in many books. As the owner of Polyface Farm in Virginia, the sustainable example quotJoel Salatin is someone very vocal in food politics, and quoted in many books. As the owner of Polyface Farm in Virginia, the sustainable example quoted by most food politics folks, he has a lot of wisdom to share. I do not agree with him on many issues, but there's a lot of his overall philosophy I can get behind. He believes in a sustainable system where animals can express themselves as nature intended.
That's pretty much where I stop following though. He is a creationist who firmly believes all government is harmful, despite the fact that without laws it is unlikely his business would survive a true free-market because it's such a small scale. There are a lot of statements in the book that are ignorant, and can easily be disproved. Some are just blatant. Many statements have a sort of truthiness to them, but then fall apart when examined. His solutions would not work for most people.
If you are just getting started in food politics I would NOT recommend this book to you. I would read Micheal Pollan, Marion Nestle, Catherine Friend or myriad other authors first. That said, if you have read other books and want to hear more, it is an excellent peek into the rural mind-set that is very common among the farmers that supply food to the farmer's markets. It also provides you with a rounder vision of how food connects people and the different philosophies that can coexist together.
Was pretty good! The ending is much like you would expect from a russian novel. I always enjoy a peek into how other countries saw the events of worldWas pretty good! The ending is much like you would expect from a russian novel. I always enjoy a peek into how other countries saw the events of world wars. ...more
In an interview, Alan Moore said that he wrote this because he was irritated at the way society has no issues with violeI actually really liked this.
In an interview, Alan Moore said that he wrote this because he was irritated at the way society has no issues with violence and violent stories but when sex is involved people treat it with kid gloves. I think most reviews of this book reflect this.
The art is lovely, based on the Art Nouveau movement. The stories are extremely sexual and graphic, and essentially depict the sexual coming-of-age of the three women. I thought it every brave of Alan Moore to tell such a story. It's a shame that despite the very heavy subject matter and the depth to the characters that people will label this smut and walk away. This has sex on every page but I would dare to say if you actually pay attention beyond "OMG BOOBIES!!!" it is NOT smut. It's a commentary on human nature....more