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The End of Food: How the Food Industry is Destroying Our Food Supply--And What We Can Do About It Paperback – May 10, 2006
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About the Author
Thomas Pawlick is an investigative science journalist with 30 years experience in the field. An experienced organic farmer, he is currently working as a journalism professor while helping his son develop a farm near Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
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While many unknown facts are presented here, the author is determined to provide the reader with scary tidbits. His narrative is somewhat disjointed but because of the supremely negative first parts of the book, it's not hard to put it down from time to time. Indeed, for me, getting through it was not at all easy. Pawlick makes a good case, but by the time he gets to suggestions for improvement, he had nearly lost me.
VERY easy to read and not hopeless---but there isn't an easy answer, either. Pawlick does hold US responsible for being the change we want to see in our food and in our world.
Two examples: "Comparing [our commercial tomatoes] to what the Romans eat... was like comparing carbonated cat pee to a rich, foaming Guinness stout." And this: "...but in a population of millions upon millions of bacteria, reproducing at a whirlwind speed, there's a 'whole lotta mutate'n goin' on'". Ugh. Michael Pollan he ain't. Were editors even hired?
If you want a terrific book about Big Ag, I highly recommend Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. It's brilliant, insightful, and an absolute pleasure to read. Don't bother with this book. Really.
I feel like I could read it 10 more times and STILL learn more from all the various studies and condemning information.. But once I finished (and reviewed several times for my school), felt way more educated on the issues I know existed, but had yet to delve into and understand further.
Highly recommend for all. It even inspired ME to get more serious about not only growing a garden, but doing it in a super sustainable, bio-dynamic way.
The author bio states that Pawlick is an "investigative science journalist" but this book reads nothing like the author has any experience in science. I can't figure out if the author is an idiot or (more likely) thinks his readers are. When describing anti-oxidants, he says, "Like so many microscopic Buffys stamping out vampires without becoming vampires, they de-fang the radicals, rendering them harmless" (p22). When he discusses the preventive use of antibiotics in feedlots (p43), he insists on saying the animals "catch cold" (with quotation marks even) on more than one occasion, as if readers cannot grasp the concept of an animal getting minorly ill in a way other than to "catch cold".
If you are totally new to the problems in our current food system, this will have some interesting facts hidden in the lines of ranting and bitterness, but The End of Food by Paul Roberts (same title, different books) gives even more information in a much more informative, non-ranting way that still manages to be interesting and very readable.