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Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism (California Studies in Food and Culture) Paperback – May 21, 2004
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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
The book is not perfect; some of the sections describing various scientific procedures may have benefited from the inclusion of explanatory diagrams, rather than somewhat belabored text descriptions. But overall, "Safe Food" is an important and timely book, and one well worth reading by anyone concerned about the quality of the food we eat.
One could have doubted what was written but we have just had the blatent disregard for food safety by 'CADBURY' the famous chocolate people claiming that only minute traces of bacteria may be present.
You either have bacteria or no bacteria there is no halfway house, this book will open everyone's eyes.
And Greg Palast fans will be well aware of the corporate malfeasance milieu in the US and as it turns out two of the most egregious and foul government offenders are the FDA and the USDA, each charged with aspects of food safety. Based on past performance there is NO reason to believe any statement, proclamation or promise from these agencies to be anything other than the position statements of industry lobbyists. Big Money will always assure that Big Food and Big Pharma will have their wallets open when any officeholder in Washington knocks on their door. This level of overinfluence, which in most civilized nations would be considered criminal, leaves the lives of millions of US eaters are in the balance and ready for corporate abuse. An Economist review says that her book argues "that America's agribusiness lobby has stifled the government's regulatory power,... and hampered the government's ability to offer sound, scientific nutritional advice."
The industry goal is clearly to encourage eaters to consume more and more, food that is deadlier and deadlier, and regulated less and less. The food wars are much more about how to shave a few pennies off of the price of food no matter what the cost in disease and death. One author called the industry-inspired policy machinations Death by Food Pyramid.
Marion Nestle's book "What to Eat" is also a classic and is frequently cited by Michael Pollan in his writing.Read more ›
The kindle version of this book is not perfect. Some diagrams and charts were cut off or difficult to follow. Though maybe now slightly out of date, overall, "Safe Food" is an important book, and one well worth reading by anyone concerned about the quality of the food we eat.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book. Marion Nestle is a rockstar within the food and nutrition world. This is an in-depth look at how our food is produced and distributed. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brian Fahey
Good book, enlightening for anyone in the food industry or who just wants to know more about food safety.Published 14 months ago by Ryan Mills
I HAVE READ ALL DR. NESTLE'S WORKS AND SHE BASICALLY STARTED ME ON THE HEALTHY NUTRITIONAL PATH. SHE IS MY GODDESS.Published 17 months ago by PETER RAPP
You will never eat pre-packaged hamburger purchased from chain grocery stores again. Nestle's book is a must-read for people who are interested in food policy.Published on January 18, 2014 by Clarice K.
I experienced this book as a strong, smart overview on issues of food safety and politics. Marion Nestle, originally trained as a microbiologist, is a highly respected scholar,... Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by GskFn
Nestle has made a very well documented case involving safety of food regarding pathogens, GMO, and bioterrorism. Read morePublished on February 11, 2012 by JL4321