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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"
"Fantastically readable."--"Food & Wine"
"A detective story that identifies plenty of perpetrators as well as victims. . . .[Warns] that the problems wouldn't stop with animals"--"Atlantic"
"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)
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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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 ›
The Chinese "political meritocracy" model of government has had a big problem dealing with a broad spectrum of pollution and enforcement issues. "The River Runs Black" is one discussion of these problems and this book is another narrower view that focuses on food adulteration. It addresses why there was such a media stink month after month in 2007 during the damage control over pet food of all things.
First off, pets are dearly loved family members and having them euthanized because no one at the FDA was smart enough, powerful enough, or to be really blunt about it, truthful enough to be of much help is not a minor matter. What if your doctor told you all your kids needed to be euthanized?
This book helps untangle the gigantic chain-reaction consequences of what amounts to near-zero federal regulation because the lobbyists who write the laws that are passed always opt for voluntary self-regulation and self-inspection of food and drugs and whatever officially acceptable “safety” studies are done are designed, conducted and paid for by guess who. He who pays the piper, calls the tune. This bleak state of affairs is no mystery to any well-read health researcher. The thousands of pet owners who came home with corpses and paid millions of dollars in vet bills deserve more than this.
The reason, as it turns out, that there was such a stink, was that bloggers (like Nestle) took the bull by the horns and turned it upside down.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 on April 4, 2014 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
Really informative read. Points out the complexities of the food distribution system - how it is really a global system.Published on November 28, 2011 by Nifty Fifty
This books tells you whats wrong with our system. Dog food you buy these days is full of "by-product" and filler. What is by-product? Read morePublished on March 9, 2010 by Sheila Coffield
An eye-opening novel about weaknesses in the food industry and the organizations we count on to regulate food safety. A great read.Published on October 5, 2009 by Lindsay M. Petersen
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