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Is Our Food Killing Us? (The Big Idea)

Joy Manning, Matthew Taylor


A thought-provoking dissection of the ways in which the production and consumption of food have become harmful to our personal, societal and environmental health

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Never before have we produced so much food for so many people all around the world. But at what cost to our health and the health of the planet? How much is Big Food responsible for the rise in chronic obesity, diabetes and heart disease? Why do we love to eat junk food so much? Synthetic fertilizers and pesticides have dramatically improved crop yields but many are toxic to humans. Widespread factory farming has led to the adoption of an unhealthy meat-rich diet high in saturated fats and devastated the environment. Many of the hyperpalatable, ultra-processed foods we consume today have little or no nutritional value. This wide-ranging and exploratory volume re-evaluates what we eat and how we eat it; it questions why we choose to eat food that we know is damaging to us; and it considers how we can change our food industry and our food culture.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 22.9 x 15.2 cm

Extent: 144 pp

Illustrations: 150

Publication date: 15 April 2021

ISBN: 9780500295663

Contents List

Introduction • Chapter 1: The Evolution of an Epidemic • Chapter 2: The Health Hazards of Processed Food • Chapter 3: The Dark Side of Industrial Food • Chapter 4: Back to Health • Conclusion

About the Author

Joy Manning is a writer, editor and recipe developer focused on good food and good health. She has served as nutrition editor for Prevention magazine and restaurant critic for Philadelphia magazine and is editor of Edible Philly. She is the author of Stuff Every Cook Should Know and Almost Meatless and has been nominated for a James Beard Award. She is the co-host of Local Mouthful, a podcast dedicated to food and home cooking.

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