Food Controversial Food

Food is a hot topic this summer. Thomas Pawlick wrote The End of Food in 2006 and described the adulteration of the food supply. This month Paul Roberts uses the same title for a book about the food industry. In In Defense of Food Michael Pollan asks if what we are eating is really food at all. Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood illustrates the toll we take on the oceans. Stuffed and Starved is an analysis of why both famine and feast exist in the world. Most of these books are brand new to Van Wylen, and might inspire you to visit the local farmers market after you visit the library.

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  1. I’m reading Kingsolver’s ANIMAL VEGETABLE, another food book and I struggle with the tone (so certain!) but it’s a great read. I was especially interested in the math: while it seems like organic and local are more expensive, when she adds up the cost for her family, per serving, for the year, it turns out to be .72 cents a plate. When we leave out processed food, we end up saving money.

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