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The End of Food: How the Food Industry is Destroying Our Food Supply--And…

by Thomas F. Pawlick

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I am finding this book too alarmist. The topic (how the quality of our food is steadily declining) is important enough, but the style does not help at all.
He always starts by naming a problem (vitamin C in our potatoes is declining!), then elaborating on the worst case scenario from that (description of all the symptoms of scurvy), en then saying: "Is it really going to be that bad? Well, we don't really know, actually. But I've got another problem here." And then he moves on to the next one.
It never becomes clear how bad any single problem actually is, and some things are definitely exaggerated: I am sure the point that all food becomes more poisonous than nutritious (the End of Food of the title) is not near at all.
He is also very un-nuanced about the role of corporations - they all did this to us unsuspecting customers because they are so greedy. If only things were that simple.
There is a lot of information hidden in the polemic, but I am not enjoying it. ( )
  wester | May 10, 2011 |
A book on an important subject that I wish were better written. Pawlick describes how the industrialization of food production has resulted in cheaper food, but at a high cost that includes lower nutrition, taste, and variety; environmental degradation; rampant food toxins; and the destruction of the family farm, to name just a few of the horrors he details. His arguments would carry more weight if they weren't so strident; he seems incapable of writing "corporation" without preceding it with "greedy", and he sees a heartless conspirator behind every suit. For such a short book, there are a lot of lengthy quotes from source materials, including one that runs over 3 pages. I like his idea of planting a garden as an "act of subversion", but his suggestion that we fight the multinational domination of the food supply by growing our own food or only buying it from local farmers' markets just isn't practical for a time-strapped North American, especially one in a country where nothing grows for 6 months. Redeemed a little by an excellent annotated bibliography. Paul Roberts' book by the same name (The End of Food) covers much of the same territory with the same sense of urgency, but minus the near-hysterical tone. ( )
  jmitchell | Aug 6, 2009 |
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Maintains that the current method of food production in the United States is geared toward profit rather than nutrition, leading to an increase in toxic contaminants, and explains how individuals can take control of their own food supply.

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