The Poison Eaters
★ "Revolting and riveting in turns, Jarrow's masterfully crafted narrative will fundamentally alter how readers view their food.Though laced with toxins, this is anything but toxic." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Here is the fascinating true story of how food was made safer to eat thanks to the stubborn dedication of government chemist Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, whose
Jarrow's book is well-researched, and is an excellent piece on ...more
Otherwise, this was interesting and I learned a lot. The title of "Poison Eaters" ...more
Fascinating history following the relentless work of US government chemist Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley.
In 1874 he was offered a position of professor of chemistry at Purdue University. After 4 years, he studied in Europe visiting hospitals, and attending lectures in chemistry, physics, and pathology. His experience with equipment that analyzed the chemical composition of food greatly interested him and found a need to apply that knowledge back home.
Chemicals were be ...more
It’s not as “riveting” as some of her others but still important and worth a read where it comes to the creation of th ...more
I missed any look at the idea that gov't regulation can go too far -- Jarrow seems ...more
This book is about the creation of the Food & Drug Administration from its humble beginnings just over a century ago. The title is not just bait to interest readers--the original scientists actually hired healthy young men to deliberately eat suspected toxins with their f ...more
Gail Jarrow's writing is clear and engaging. Pretty early into the book, I realized that it was ...more
Recommended for upper elementary through high school readers who want to know about how the FDA came to be. I'd have liked to have seen a more realistic portrayal of today's continued influence against the clean-food movement. Ja ...more
Follows the life of Harvey Wiley, the man who was the face of the pure-food movement, in his life as a farmer to chemist, to government official. His mission was to ensure that foods on the market were safe for consumption and did not misrepresent ingredients. He oversaw the creation of the FDA and dedicated his life to consumer safety.
A delicious exposé ...more
I knew a little about drinks and elixirs full of morphine, cocaine, and other amphetamines, but I didn't realize how many people died from these "cure-alls."
I thought the chemicals and garbage in today's food was bad - I had no idea what people actually eating through the mid-1900s (rat feces, insect parts, borax, formaldehyde, and o ...more
This is at the end of chapter one, a chapter full of facts about what people used to put in their bodies! Yikes!
Moving from farming and growing your own food to relying on business for food opened people up to the unscrupulous industry. Adulteration occurred, adding cheaper materials or disguised rotten ingredients to appear, and smell, fresh. Talc, paraffin, and ground ...more
However, the information was informative, scary, annoying, and makes me want to never eat can food again from a can!
I get mad when the FDA approves a drug like Xantac and then they back peddle and say "Oh Xantac is bad" But even with their difficult job I am glad they at least monitor instead of putting formaldehyde in my Diet Coke ...more
Highly recommended for middle school libraries with a very nice tie in for 7th grade history.