Globalization has affected what we eat in ways we are only beginning to understand. Modern food production no longer relates to our biological needs but is in direct conflict with them. The relationship between diet and our fertility, our risk of cancer, heart disease and mental illness is becoming clearer. Yet, much of our food is nutritionally bankrupt. In her revelatory new book, Felicity Lawrence travels from Lincolnshire to Brazil to Senegal to investigate. She shows how new forms of colonization ensure the West retains economic control over the developing world; how slavery has re-emerged in food production; how millions are spent on marketing to persuade us from a very young age that we want foods we don't need. Her book is essential reading for anyone who cares about their health and what they eat - or how the world is run today.
Winner of Guild of Food Writers Awards: Derek Cooper Award for Campaigning and Investigative Food Writing 2007.
I can't remember when a book made me more angry. Lawrence's book should be compulsory reading ... nothing is what it says on the packet Evening Standard Challenges each and every one of us to think again about what we eat. It's almost like uncovering a secret state within the state Start the Week I can't remember when a book made me more angry. Lawrence's book should be compulsory reading Evening Standard
Felicity Lawrence is an award-winning journalist and editor who has been writing on food-related issues for over twenty years. She is a special correspondent for the Guardian and lives in London.