Sunday, August 10, 2008

Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology and Bioterrorism, by Marion Nestle

Safe Food: Bacteria, biotechnology and bioterrorism is basically a follow up to Marion Nestle's Food Politics book. I guess you would say that this book is really only for those with a fascination for the subject. Myself, I love Nestle’s snappy, no fuss style, her attention to detail and political acumen.

Nestle raises many an issue that we never think about with regards to our food. In an era where we live mentally and physically further and further away from nature, and where powerful major corporations more and more control every aspect of our food growing, harvesting, transporting, processing and cooking, then it's vital that we have someone as savvy as Marion Nestle pulling back the veil and shining a torch.

As I’ve written elsewhere, Nestle’s main goal seems to be providing transparency for the public. Transparency at every level: business, politics and public health. As food writer Michael Pollan has written, we’re lucky to have her.

The book for the most part you could say is divided into two sections. Part one deals with bacteria in food, how it has become more of a problem with our industrial method of food production.

Part two deals with genetically modified foods, and our right to know what we’re eating. The conclusion makes a few remarks about the possibility of the food supply being contaminated as part of a terrorist attack.

As mentioned above, this book will not be for everyone. However, it made me a more vigilant fruit and veg washer!

Read my reviews of Marion Nestle’s books here:

No comments: