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From the voice of a new generation of food activists, a passionate and deeply-researched call for a new food movement.
If you think buying organic from Whole Foods is protecting you, you're wrong. Our foodeven what we're told is good for ushas changed for the worse in the past 100 years, its nutritional content deteriorating due to industrial farming and its composition altered due to the addition of thousands of chemicals from pesticides to packaging. We simply no longer know what we’re eating.
In Formerly Known as Food, Kristin Lawless argues that, because of the degradation of our diet, our bodies are literally changing from the inside out. The billion-dollar food industry is reshaping our food preferences, altering our brains, changing the composition of our microbiota, and even affecting the expression of our genes. Lawless chronicles how this is happening and what it means for our bodies, health, and survival.
An independent journalist and nutrition expert, Lawless is emerging as the voice of a new generation of food thinkers. After years of "eat this, not that" advice from doctors, journalists, and food faddists, she offers something completely different. Lawless presents a comprehensive explanation of the problemgoing beyond nutrition to issues of food choice, class, race, and genderand provides a sound and simple philosophy of eating, which she calls the "Whole Egg Theory."
Destined to set the debate over food politics for the next decade, Formerly Known as Food speaks to a new generation looking for a different conversation about the food on our plates.
Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough and This Changes Everything: "In this revelatory survey of the dangers of the industrial food system, Lawless offers crucial tools for navigating it safely. The best ones have nothing to do with shopping advice: she asks us to think holistically about food, why it can't be separated from other struggles for justice, and what it means to demand transformative change."
Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook Everything: "A stirring call to action. Lawless has done a thorough job of describing how so much of what we eat doesn't qualify as 'food'"
Laurie David, Academy Award winning producer of An Inconvenient Truth and Fed Up: “You better read this book before you put another bite of food in your or your kids' mouths!”
Mary Esther Malloy, MA, Mindful Birth NY: "Groundbreaking... will get you thinking differently about how you nourish yourself and your family."
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
KRISTIN LAWLESS (previously published as Kristin Wartman) is the author of Formerly Known As Food and an independent journalist focusing on the intersections of food, health, politics, and culture. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Newsweek, VICE, Huffington Post, and Civil Eats, as well as in academic journals, such as The Black Scholar, Critical Quarterly, and The New Labor Forum. Kristin is a Certified Nutrition Educator and works as a nutrition consultant with doctors in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.
Table of Contents
SECTION ONE: How Did We End Up Here?
1 Our Industrial Food Landscape: The Whole Egg Theory and How We Got Here
2 What Are We Actually Eating? Industrial Food and Our Health
3 Losing Our Food Illusions: “Organics” and the Nutrients Missing from Our Food
SECTION TWO: How the Industrial Food System Is Changing Us from the Inside Out
4 The Industrial Food Setup: Getting Us (and Our Children)
Hooked from Day One
5 Living in a Microbial World: Industrially Processed Food and Our Guts
SECTION THREE: New Science and Failing Health Agencies
6 “So Many Tips of So Many Icebergs”: How Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Are Harming Us (and Our Children and Their Children)
7 Our “Safe” Exposure to Toxic Chemicals: How the Regulatory Agencies Are Failing to Protect Our Health
SECTION FOUR: Understanding Our Food Culture and Creating Real Change
8 Food Choice: The Culture of Our Upside-Down Food Environment
9 Handmaidens of Industry: Women, the Home, and Unwaged Work
10 We Can’t Eat Our Way Out of This: Food Movement Failures and Real Change
Conclusion: Protecting Our Bodies and Our Future
A NEW FOOD MOVEMENT MANIFESTO
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Formerly Known as Food is an eye-opener written by a nutritional expert and consultant. The author’s message is clear and concise and is one that, in my opinion, should be heard by everyone. Even when we think we are making healthy choices we may not be and the ramifications of unhealthy food choices go deeper than many believe. I found this book tremendously informative. It was educational and comprehensive but it could get a bit heavy at times for people with only a casual interest in how our eating patterns are shaping our overall health. I found it best to read in chunks so as not to get overwhelmed with all of the information.