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Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine Hardcover – July 15, 2008
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"Informative. . . Begging comparison with Sinclair's The Jungle."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Reads like a gripping murder mystery."--"Alternet.org"
"Like a good novel, the book is a quick, even entertaining read. The message, however, is one that demands paying attention."--"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Iluminate(s) the connections between the food supplies of humans, farm animals and pets. . . . Highlight(s) the broader failings of food regulation."--"The Economist"
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"The information and its implications are eye-opening. It's a call to action that we can all hope the new Obama administration hears."--Gina Spadafori"The Daily Citizen" (01/23/2009)
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More About the Author
She has held faculty positions at Brandeis University and the UCSF School of Medicine. From 1986-88, she was senior nutrition policy advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services and managing editor of the 1988 Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health.
Her research examines scientific, economic, and social influences on food choice and obesity, with an emphasis on the role of food marketing.
She is the author of three prize-winning books: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (California Press, 2002, revised edition, 2007), Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (California Press, 2003, revised edition 2010), and What to Eat (North Point Press, 2006). Her latest book, Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine, was published by California Press in 2008. Feed Your Pet Right, co-authored with Malden Nesheim, will be published by Free Press in May, 2010.
She writes the Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle, and blogs daily (almost) at www.foodpolitics.com and for the Atlantic Food Channel at http://amcblogmte4.atlantic-media.us/food/nutrition.
Top Customer Reviews
I knew the basic story here, but did not know about the total number of pets who died (likely in the thousands), the reasons why melamine was substituted for the wheat gluten (cheap melamine looks like expensive protein when tested using standard industrial tests), nor what happened to the contaminated pet food (it was fed to livestock and made it into the human food chain).
This book is a fast read and is clear, well written, and very interesting. Unfortunately, it is too brief. I wish that Ms. Nestle had taken this opportunity to explain more about the pet food industry: its history, the major players, the processes used to make pet food. The story is fascinating, but it feels more like a New Yorker article than a book.
I would recommend this book to someone who was interested in the pet food recalls, though I think that most readers should start with other books about food production.Read more ›
It wasn't until I read this book that I understood why so many different foods under so many different brands were affected by the same recall (and shocked to find out Asia had a similar recall for the exact same reason not that long before the 2007 recall.) It shows a huge flaw in not just our pet food supply system but also our own food supply system. My cat recently passed away, just over five years after first being diagnosed with cancer. I guess that's pretty good when you consider that humans are branded cancer "survivors" if they are still around five years after being diagnosed, but meanwhile I spent a lot of time agonizing over what to feed my cats. I currently feed my remaining cat a mostly raw diet with a little bit of canned food and a tiny bit of grain-free dry food...and for myself, personally, I know I'm safe any time I shop at the farmer's market or the local produce store where they have big signs saying what local town the apples or sweetcorn were grown in, but every time I pick up food in a box or a can I wonder...where did all those ingredients come from, and are they really what they say they are? The bottom line is...we don't know what's in our pets pre-prepared foods...or our own...and it's scary.
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I just got the book, although it is a few years old now. This book is a serious yet important book about one of the largest recalls in the food industry. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kenny Coogan
I enjoyed this book slightly less than Ms. Nestle's other books, but only because there was so much she couldn't tell readers - through no fault of her own. Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by Burgundy Damsel
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The full title's second part, "The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine" was the underlying point of this non-fiction story. Read morePublished on July 14, 2009 by Naomi M. Sundalius
Not only did this book change the way I look at the pet food supply system, it gave me an awareness of the politics of pet and human food and how not being aware can cost you and... Read morePublished on February 17, 2009 by Lionwoman
This book provides a knowledgeable and well-written examination of the scandal resulting from melamine contamination of U.S. pet food by Chinese processors. Read morePublished on December 14, 2008 by jpandjf