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America's Food: What You Don't Know About What You Eat

Blatt, Harvey
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Edition: 1st
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0-262-26865-5 (0262268655)
ISBN-13: 978-0-262-26865-3 (9780262268653)
Binding: E E Book + ebrary
Copyright: 2008
Publish Date: 10/08
Weight: 0.00 Lbs.
Subject Class: NUT (Nutrition)
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Abstract: We don't think much about how food gets to our tables, or what had to happen to fill our supermarket's produce section with perfectly round red tomatoes and its meat counter with slabs of beautifully marbled steak. We don't realize that the meat in one fast-food hamburger may come from many different cattle raised in several different countries. In fact, most of us have a fairly abstract understanding of what happens on a farm. In America's Food, Harvey Blatt gives us the specifics. He tells us, for example, that a third of the fruits and vegetables grown are discarded for purely aesthetic reasons; that the artificial fertilizers used to enrich our depleted soil contain poisonous heavy metals; that chickens who stand all day on wire in cages choose feed with pain-killing drugs over feed without them; and that the average American eats his or her body weight in food additives each year. After taking us on a tour of the American food system.not only the basic food groups but soil, grain farming, organic food, genetically modified food, food processing, and diet.Blatt reminds us that we aren't powerless. Once we know the facts about food in America, we can change things by the choices we make as consumers, as voters, and as ethical human beings.

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