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Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappé
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Mar 04, 2012

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Read from February 26 to March 04, 2012

My edition is from 1980, and I often found myself wondering how much, if anything, has changed in the 30+ years since then. For the better? For the worse? Today's food poisoning crises in various avenues of food production would seem to indicate that not a lot has. The laws seem to be there to protect the big producers not the consumers. And certainly not the health of the Earth. The book is full of important information about the way our food is produced and new products are developed, and the hazards of the methods used.
The recipes didn't interest me very much, though, as they seemed full of "exotic" ingredients that require a lot of petroleum consumption to get them to my corner of the world. Having just read Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" I am looking at eating locally as much as possible to try to reduce that consumption.

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