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Making Supper Safe: One Man's Quest to Learn the Truth about Food Safety
     

Making Supper Safe: One Man's Quest to Learn the Truth about Food Safety

by Ben Hewitt
 

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Food recalls have become so ubiquitous we hardly even notice them. The massive peanut salmonella contamination of 2008–2009 alone killed nine and sickened an estimated 22,500 people; only a few weeks later, contaminated frozen cookie dough sent 35 people to the hospital. These tragic, inexcusable events to which no one is immune are but a symptom of a broader

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Food recalls have become so ubiquitous we hardly even notice them. The massive peanut salmonella contamination of 2008–2009 alone killed nine and sickened an estimated 22,500 people; only a few weeks later, contaminated frozen cookie dough sent 35 people to the hospital. These tragic, inexcusable events to which no one is immune are but a symptom of a broader food system malaise.

In Making Supper Safe, Ben Hewitt exposes the vulnerabilities inherent to the US food industry, where the majority of our processing facilities are inspected only once every seven years, and where government agencies lack the necessary resources to act on early warning signs. The most dangerous aspect of our food system isn't just its potential to make us acutely ill, but the ever expanding distance between us and our sources of nourishment.

Hewitt introduces a vibrant cast of characters and revolutionaries who are reinventing how we grow,
process, package, distribute, and protect our food, and even how we protect ourselves. He takes readers inside a food contamination trace-back investigation, goes dumpster diving, and talks to lawyers, policy makers, and families who have been affected by contaminated food. Making Supper Safe explains why we should worry, but it is also a quest to understand how we can learn to trust our food again.

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Publishers Weekly
Hewitt (The Town that Food Saved) takes a broad look at the politics surrounding American food and finds more irony than logic. With a cast of characters including a seed company owner, a dumpster diver, a lawyer specializing in foodborne illness, a raw milk dairy proprietor, and a family that nearly lost a child to E. coli O157:H7, Hewitt provides information salted with frequent tongue-in-cheek humor. While the hot food topics-the seed monopoly, antibiotic-fed livestock and poultry, genetically modified foods, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act-are all discussed in detail, making it clear why "we've lost trust in our food," it's not completely clear how Hewitt thinks "we can get it back." Hewitt's personal solution of raising most of his food and avoiding supermarkets won't necessarily work for urban populations, and readers may not agree that "accepting the slim risk of pathogenic bacteria" is the first step to making food safer. Despite his arguable conclusions, Making Supper Safe will inform and entertain a broad audience of foodies, environmentalists, and health-attuned citizens.
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From the Publisher

“The book is highly compelling from the first chapter.” —SeriousEats.com

“Hewitt is a gifted writer--Supper reads like a novel--and he is able to inject tasteful humor into a tasteless subject.” —VegNews.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605293097
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

BEN HEWITT is the author of The Town That Food Saved, and articles for magazines such as Bicycling, Discover, Gourmet, Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, the New York Times Magazine, Yankee and many others. He and his family live in a self-built, solar-powered house in Cabot, Vermont, and operate a 40-acre livestock, vegetable, and berry farm.

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