Diet for A Dead Planet

Diet for A Dead Planet

How the Food Industry Is Killing Us

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
A harrowing indictment of industrial agriculture's threat to food safety and the environment argues that America's food industry is in crisis, citing escalating levels of food-related sickness, chemical use, misdirected funding, and intentionally wasted produce, in a cautionary analysis that documents growing support of organic food and farmer's markets. 10,000 first printing.

Norton Pub

If we are what we eat, then, as Christopher D. Cook contends in this powerful look at the food industry, we are not in good shape. The facts speak for themselves: more than 75 million Americans suffered from food poisoning last year, and 5,000 of them died; 67 percent of American males are overweight, obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States and supersizing is just the tip of the iceberg: the way we make and eat food today is putting our environment and the very future of food at risk.

Diet for a Dead Planet takes us beyond Fast Food Nation to show how our entire food system is in crisis. Corporate control of farms and supermarkets, unsustainable drives to increase agribusiness productivity and profits, misplaced subsidies for exports, and anemic regulation have all combined to produce a grim harvest. Food, our most basic necessity, has become a force behind a staggering array of social, economic, and environmental epidemics.

Yet there is another way. Cook argues cogently for a whole new way of looking at what we eat—one that places healthy, sustainably produced food at the top of the menu for change. In the words of Jim Hightower, “If you eat, read this important book!”

Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co., c2004
ISBN: 9781595580849
Characteristics: x, 326 p. ; 20 cm

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Feb 15, 2012

What an eyeopener!!! This book should be part of the school curriculum. It is books like this that will help us to make real steps towards decreasing our impact on the planet (if you ever wondered what you can do to make a difference, this can answer that question). Do read it!


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