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'An important book that should be read by everyone who cares about how the way food is produced affects our own health as well as that of the environment and our national economies.'
Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics, and Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University
The emergence of global markets has a far-reaching impact on what we eat and on health, food security, social justice and quality of life. What matters now is not just what we eat, but how and where it has been produced, distributed and processed, and the assumptions upon which this production is based - a global politics of food and health. Food Wars argues that two conflicting paradigms (one developing food through integrating the 'life sciences', the other though 'ecology') are battling to replace the dominant industrial-productionist model of the 20th century, both grappling to attract investment, public support and policy legitimacy over the appropriate use of biology and food technologies.
Posted January 22, 2009
Lang and Heasman's book 'offers a panorama' of the modern-day, global food industry to impress on policy-makers, decision-makers in the industry, and the public that there are alternatives to the current practices which deliver much unhealthy food and at times leave food shortages in places. At the core of their recommended alternatives is a 'new conception of health...linking human and ecological health.' A professor and researcher respectively at London's City University, Lang and Heasman have a comprehensive grasp of the structure and workings of the food industry that goes beyond the perspectives and policies of any particular government or region. With this impressive grasp, they are able to propose workable alternatives to problems such as obesity, diabetes, and starvation caused mainly by shortsighted practices and ends of major institutions in the food industry.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.