Not on the Label: What Really Goes into the Food on Your Plate

by Felicity Lawrence | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 0141015667 Global Overview for this book
Registered by lucycat of Hull, East Yorkshire United Kingdom on 2/1/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by lucycat from Hull, East Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 1, 2005
Now this is a book that can change the way you eat for life. When Lin (loopy1) raved about it it on the BCUK group last year, I made a bit of a mental note to pick up a copy if I spotted one while I was out and about, and duly ordered it from a bookclub in about September last year. Of course it was delayed, and finally arrived last week...and I honestly don't think our eating habits will ever be the same again.

I thought it would be a bit of a 'dipper' of a book, but I honestly couldn't bring myself to skip a page, and have photocopied the reference guide at the back of the book so I can find out more. After other peeps on BCUK had recommended Abel and Cole as an online source of locally grown organic veggies, we've now got a regular order in with their box scheme, and I did my first *ever* shop (all right, around a supermarket but give me time!) really reading all the labels before adding things to my trolley - and it was a bit of an eye-opener. The number of regularly purchased products that didn't make it into the basket because I didn't know what half the ingredients were for (and the number of reduced-fat products that didn't make it in because of the enormous number of additives used to bind it together in the place of fats) was shocking.

Most of all, though, I found the stories of farmers forced into selling their produce for a pittance (if they were lucky) and the cut-throat practices of the big supermarket players to be utterly appalling. For the first time ever I started thinking seriously about costs - who exactly is paying the price for my 'cheaper' shopping basket?

A highly recommended read - if an unsettling one.

Journal Entry 2 by lucycat at on Tuesday, February 1, 2005

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To be released at the Sixth Hull BookCrossing Meet tonight...see you there?

Journal Entry 3 by Olliebear from Hull, East Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, February 3, 2005
Luc has raved about this book so can't wait to read it...although am a bit concerned that I won't want to eat anything afterwards...mind you that can only be a good thing for my stomach and hips can't it!! Thanks for sharing!

Sorry about late journal - I had picked it up at Hull meet on 1st of Feb but have been horrendously busy since then! (crap I know!)

Journal Entry 4 by Olliebear from Hull, East Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, November 20, 2006
This book is fascinating and also very scary! I am still in the middle of reading it, but really found that I didn't want to read it all at the same time as it would put me off eating anything for life!

I am enjoying it in small bite sizes between other books and will journal again once I have finished it.

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