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

by Ben Hewitt

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I liked the authorial voice here very well, but be warned that I am a fan of snark. The infuriating subject matter was made slightly more bearable by Hewitt's irreverence and wit. Not that he didn't take his subject seriously, not at all. The malfeasance of Big Agra and the collaboration of Big Government with regard to food safety are explained herein quite eloquently. The part that's missing is the second half of the title: "and how we can get it back". Aside from growing my own and buying only from farmers I know, that is. As lovely as that sounds, it's still impractical, even in Portland. 3.5 & Recommended. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
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"Food recalls have become so ubiquitous we hardly even notice them. The massive peanut salmonella contamination of 2008 to 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 is'nt 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"-- "A fascinating examination of food safety in the United States-- how it works, what happens when it fails, and how we can learn to trust our food again. 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"--… (more)

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