Saturday, August 15, 2009

So, You Want To Know More About The Meat You Eat, Eh?

You may have guessed that I am a real food, fit to eat advocate. In part, it is because of this book. I encourage anyone who is interested in where there food comes from and what is in it, to read this book. It is an expose' on America's industrial food complex. Frankly, it isn't very nice to the agri-businessmen who call themselves farmers. However, it is also very explicit in details and can be considered gruesome. It is not a book to turn you into a vegetarian, rather, a book that should make you look for a local farmer to supply your meat.

Here is a review from Publishers Weekly:

From Publishers Weekly

There are probably few surprises in this exposé of American agribusiness; if you haven't read horror stories about megafarms and slaughterhouses in Fast Food Nation, you've undoubtedly heard animal rights activists talking about the deplorable conditions in which cattle, poultry and hogs are processed "from semen to cellophane." To these tales Midkiff adds an overwhelming flood of animal feces (usually referred to in much more pointed terms), from frightened cattle that soil themselves in the slaughterhouse and don't get fully cleaned to liquefied manure that seeps into the land of neighboring small farms. Using formulaic left-wing parlance, Midkiff points out how giant food corporations wield political influence to save themselves from reform—ensuring, for example, that despite their size they will continue to be classified as farmers exempt from EPA regulation. He also advocates buying from local farms that practice "sustainable agriculture" as a means of resisting corporate meat without going vegetarian. (A useful appendix offers contact information for farmer's market associations across the country.) The book doesn't quite follow through on the claim to depict "the decline of the American diet"; although it certainly reveals the contamination risks in our meat and eggs, not much is said about the direct health consequences for consumers. (Aug.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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