The End of Food

The End of Food

Book - 2006
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Disaster looms in our current method of food production. The vitamin, mineral, and nutritional content of food is in shocking decline, a decline that is coupled with an equally shocking increase in the most noxious, often outright toxic contaminants in our food. Based on hard scientific research, The End of Food exposes the cause of this crisis--and industrial system of food production geared not to producing nourishing food, but to producing minimum profit for corporations.

Pawlick does not simply sound the alarm bell--he advocates a rejection of the current food production system. His mission is to raise consumer awareness so that individuals will no longer buy foods that are produced for the highest profit rather than for nutritional content.

Publisher: Vancouver : Greystone Books, c2006
ISBN: 9781553651697
Branch Call Number: 338.19 PAW NVD


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Aug 04, 2009

A book on an important subject that I wish were better written. Pawlick describes how the industrialization of food production has resulted in cheaper food, but at a high cost that includes lower nutrition, taste, and variety; environmental degradation; rampant food toxins; and the destruction of the family farm, to name just a few of the horrors he details. His arguments would carry more weight if they weren't so strident; he seems incapable of writing "corporation" without preceding it with "greedy", and he sees a heartless conspirator behind every suit. For such a short book, there are a lot of lengthy quotes from source materials, including one that runs over 3 pages. I like his idea of planting a garden as an "act of subversion", but his suggestion that we fight the multinational domination of the food supply by growing our own food or only buying it from local farmers' markets just isn't practical for a time-strapped North American, especially one in a country where nothing grows for 6 months. Redeemed a little by an excellent annotated bibliography. Paul Roberts' book by the same name (The End of Food) covers much of the same territory with the same sense of urgency, but minus the near-hysterical tone.


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Jun 26, 2009

Fruits and vegetables sold in Canadian supermarkets today contain far fewer nutrients than they did 50 years ago. Vital vitamins and minerals have dramatically declined in some of our most popular foods. Take the potato, by far the most consumed food in Canada. The average spud has lost 100 percent of its vitamin A, which is important for good eyesight; 57 percent of its vitamin C and iron, a key component of healthy blood; and 28 percent of its calcium, essential for building healthy bones and teeth.”

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