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Long and complex for the non-dietitian reader
on February 20, 2014
It took me 9 months to make it through Food Politics. The topic is relevant and it's interesting to compare the food industry political landscape at the time most of the book was written to where we are now. However, despite my intense interest in nutrition and health, I found it very dry at times--hence the long timeline from start to finish. The drier portions consist of detailed timelines of the history of, say, supplement labeling regulation over a period of 20 (or more) years, followed by Nestle's much shorter analysis. When I purchased the book, I hoped for more of the latter. Some of the more interesting sections included the chapters on marketing to kids and Olestra. I'm in my late 20's, so I distinctly remember a lot of the products that the book talks about that are no longer in existence, and it's thought-provoking to see that we were essentially brainwashed as kids. These days, I maybe consume a gallon of milk every six months, but I never once questioned the food pyramid as the ultimate guide to my diet up until early in high school, and it turns out that was probably the exact intent of the meat, dairy, and farming industries. I think that most people reading this book now were turned onto it by learning about the industry politics (and lies) elsewhere and are just seeking more details about the extent of it, but it would be helpful if the book was written (or revised) more in a way to actually introduce less-exposed/educated readers to that concept as a new idea. Although it's 2014 and so many more people are conscious of where their food is coming from than 10 or 20 years ago, many still are not. Nonetheless, the topic and takeaways are important, so if you have the stamina for the factual writing style, I would recommend it.