Published Jan 2010
We no longer trust what we eat. We lurch instead from food scare to food scare while farming is in crisis around the world.
In a series of undercover investigation tracking some of the most popular foods we eat at home, Felicity Lawrence travels from farms and factories to packhouses and lorry depots around the world. She discovers why beef waste ends up in chicken, why a third of apples are thrown away, why bread is full of water and air. And she shows how obesity, the plight of migrant workers, motorways clogged with juggernauts, ravaged fields in Europe and starving farmers in Africa are all connected to a handful of retailers and food manufacturers who exert unprecedented control over what we eat and where we buy it.
Challenges each and every one of us to think again about what we buy and eat. It’s almost like uncovering a secret state within the state.
Andrew Marr, BBC Radio 4’s Start of the Week
A thorough, complex and shocking insight into the food we eat in the twenty-first century. Perhaps this should be sold as the most effective diet book ever written ..
Superb, chilling, excellent. There are not many books that make you radically reconsider everyday choices. The facts simply stagger.
Scotland on Sunday