Rting if their own harvest does not meet demand The prices paid to farmers are nowhere near the cost of carrying a permanent workforce large enough to cope with fluctuations in demand Half the workforce in food and catering are illegals than 2 million in the UK procured and managed by dangerous and greedy gangmasters making than 8m per year through intimidation punishment murder expanding into prostitution and drug smuggling These illegals also travel to Spain the salad bowl of the UK where intense farming practices to satisfy our demand have polluted the environment with pesticides and dried out the land turning it into desert Ninety nine pence for a few leaves is a lot of money But 99p for an unlimited supply of servants to wash and pick over it all hidden not as in the old days below stairs but in remote caravans or underneath plastic hothouses that is cheap Food Miles TransportWe re dependent on crude oil for agrochemicals plastics and food miles Tesco in 2002 covered 224000km in 12m lorry ourneys Thirty years has uadrupled the number of products stocked by supermarkets yet the variety they offer is still limited However in an effort to cut costs supermarkets prefer to collect their goods from suppliers using their own lorries meaning small independents will have to do the same contributing to their disappearance from our high streetsThe falldown begins when a customer buys something in one of the supermarket stores Scanning the barcode at the till creates a new order for the product The information is transmitted to head office electronically collated several times a day and instantly converted into a delivery schedule for the farmer or manufacturer for the following day The supplier will have estimated how much food to produce but will only get a final order a few hours ahead of the time he or she is expected to deliver to the depotThe orders can vary dramatically A spell of good weather can for example double the demand for lettuce Failing to meet a retailer s order in full can result in a financial penalty Suppliers can find themselves losing thousands of pounds But then unexpected rain might halve your order If you end up with a surplus there s hardly anywhere for it to go since the big retailers control much of the country s total market To add to the pressure suppliers can be delisted for refusing price reductions trade with other supermarkets are restricted and they re sometimes forced asked to contribute to the costs of store refurbishments or openings though absorbing volume and customer discounts such as BOGOF pressed upon them sometimes retrospectively have to be the most damaging to the health of their businesses Demands for compensation for anything and everything or ust having it deducted from invoices without discussion also screams unfair practice and treatment of suppliers by supermarketsSo our salad comes from Spain our veg is also sourced from Africa and traditional English apples are overlooked in favour of foreign types Even 80% of organic produce comes from abroad These food miles actually *Have A Detrimental Effect On *a detrimental effect on value since frozen veg contains nutrients than fresh imported stuff that s sat countless hours in refrigerated containersBreadLess than 2% of bread is made by independent bakers yet a few bake from scratch The rest rely on the Chorleywood Bread Process CBP which involves fats E numbers salt and 3% water taking considerably less time to make than the traditional flour water yeast recipe However skipping the proving time aggravates gluten allergies that s how
These Allergies Came AboutFruitallergies came aboutFruit The beauty parade that disualifies mildly discoloured or misshapen fruit and veg has led to 40% waste and harvesting earlier and earlier to prevent bruising giving you hard odourless and tasteless results Each cow may produce twice as many litres of milk a year each chicken may grow twice as fast and each hectare of wheat may yield nearly three times as many tonnes as fifty years ago but in that time 60 per cent of ancient woodlands 97 per cent of meadows with their rich flora and fauna and fifty per cent of birds that depend on agricultural fields have gone as have nearly 200000 hedges Not only has intensive farming polluted water courses it has also created problems of soil erosion and flood Industrialization of livestock has left animals prone to devastating epidemics of disease The evils of ready meals and unk food containing corn sugar soya palm and rapeseed oil which are heavily subsidized are also extolled though I ve all ready been educated on this via Salt Sugar Fat How the Food Giants Hooked UsLawrence in the Afterword details ways to improve our food system and future security with policy suggestions and by providing resources for the individual to make an impact enhancing their health in the process She also confesses where and what she buys including the occasional ready meal I find I m ealous of all the independents like butchers greengrocers baker etc and farmers markets located near her I d have to travel many miles to find theseAlthough I was aware of the enormous pressure on UK farmers and suppliers I didn t fully appreciate the abuse they ve suffered at the hands of supermarkets and the need to cut corners in order to survive yielding a host of further problems including hiring illegal migrant workers who are in turn abused by their gangmasters and having to import food when they can t meet demand Fast cheap food has never been so expensive not so when the system inevitably collapses. Food'' Jeremy Paxman Observer 'Book of the Year' 'Challenges each and every one of us to think again about what we buy and eat It's almost like uncovering a secret state within the state' Andrew Marr BBC Radio 4's Start The Week 'A thorough complex and shocking insight into the food we eat in the twenty first century Perhaps this should be sold as the most effective diet book ever written' Daily Mail Felicity Lawrence is an award winning ournalist and editor who has been writing on food related issues for over twenty years She lives in London. ,
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Interesting scary though makes you want to exclusively eat food you have grown yourself or can get direct from the farmer I first read this book ten years ago but it s incredible how its findings still horrify the second time around Lawrence looks to have updated most chapters with developments that have happened sinc In the genre of the modern food industry is really realy evil and we should be very afraid this book is fairly well researched and balanced Chicken beef and corn have been done to death before please excuse the pun but the bread industry sheenanigans that Felicity discusses is new to me It s also nice for a change to read a British take on these issuesThe facts are clearly presented and the thread of each chapter is easily followed for a new reader of this genre I recommend this as a starting point if one is interested in learning about our modern commercial food chainsAnd I I ve always tried to dissuade my wife from buying reduced price fruit and veg in the supermarket This is because I want my body to continue to be strong and healthy and I think that one way to do this is to feed it the right kind of food and I don t think that eating old food is the right way to get enough nutrients etc We are what we eat rightI m not sure why I bought this book I mean on the face of it we should take an interest in what we eat and make sure it s nutritious and all that but on the other hand if we have to eat it anyway and then we find out that it s irredeemably full of so much crap chemicals that it s making us ill in ways that we can t av Though set in Britain where some food production differ from ours this is a good but scary read It will make you never want to set foot in a grocery store again They are painted as the evil corporations that are the root cause of migrant labour price gouging unfair trade and the collapse of the UK farming industry It was written in 2003 so some things have changed but really not enough to make a visible difference Even though we don t make our bread through the Chorleywood bread process in Canada we still have a highly industrialized baking industry with limited access especially if you don t live near a big city or have a uaint town bakery to uality bread It inspired me to buy and use a breadmaker and to be very mindful of where I shop eschewing trucked in fruit and veg and buying local whenever possible Obviously it s not always easy and I anticipate falling off the wagon due to stress time limitations and sheer convenience but being mindful is definitely a great way to start Interesting insight on food production I already know some of the stuff she talks about but there are still a few shockers Enjoyable read and a nice confirmation on what we have been doing to watch our diet is a good decision This is a uestion I ve often had Why is it that there s so much of a choice in the supermarkets yet it s largely unappealing I find myself buying some foods because of need rather than want and I could see how it would be so easy to fall into the trap of buying food that s bad for me rather than good food because the good food is so bland sometimesThis is a book looking at ways we ve destroyed the food market and ways in which we can change this It s an interesting book full of advice on how to change your life and find better ways of finding
Your Food This Bookfood This book essentially a window into the demise our society morality and health The message is simple supermarkets are holes into which all other entities are pulled and consumed remorselessly be they animals immigrant workers producers suppliers or consumers We are slaves of our creations never mind worries about artificial intelligence rising up to supersede humanity supermarkets are already doing it Taking our money whilst configuring our biochemistry in order that we become obese malnourished gluttonous depressives our sense of uality kicked to the curb in favour of an addictive desire for cheap unethically produced bastardised genetically modified odourless nutrionless slop in various gastronomical forms A great piece of Pilgrim Snail journalism one that would serve the general public well if we are indeed able to enforce change with our buying power I need to make a change and I hope the advice in the afterward is some I heedIncidentally What a Carve Up by Jonathan Coe is a good fictional tale of similar issues this book raises This book should be compulsory reading for everyone And if you re not moved to tears by it well I don t know what to say This book made me cry rage shake with anger A lot of it I already knew a lot of it I ve been trying to do something about but to see it all written down in black and white in one space filled me with absolute horror A few titbits for your delight Most of you probably already know that most of the chicken in supermarkets and restaurants is broiler overfeed filled with hormones and antibiotics spends its pathetic life living in its own shit with no natural light and killed in a grossly inhumane manner and sadly the organic chooks are often killed in exactly the same place and way unless you buy them from specialist farms and that the packaged chickens are filled with water to plump them up but did you also know that an awful lot of supermarket and catering chicken is also bound with pig and cow DNA to make it firmer Which isust great if you are Hindu or Muslim That off season mid winter salad from Spain Picked and packaged by north African migrant workers on a pittance living in shanty towns with no running wate. Felicity Lawrence's Sunday Times bestseller Not on the Label updated with extraordinary new material on the horsemeat scandal In 2004 Felicity Lawrence published her ground breaking book Not on the Label where in a series of undercover investigations she provided a shocking account of what really goes into the food we eat She discovered why beef waste ends up in chicken why a single lettuce might be sprayed six times with chemicals before it ends up in our salad why bread is full of water And she showed how obesity the appalling conditions of .
R or sanitation and all this An Unsafe Haven just a mile down the road from the Costa Del Sol And even if you couldn t care less about human rights do you really want someone who hasn t washed for days packing your salad The average trolley full of food has travelled about 100000 miles to get to you Marvellous And even better some of it s flown from the UK packaging especially is packed up in foreign parts and flown back Double marvellous Bread now bread is a great one Bought bread isn t made like it should be Oh no It is no longer allowed to rise properly any Weust don t have the time for that we need that bread on the shelves Of course if it s not risen it will sink when it s baked So we fill it full of hydrogenated fat to keep it solid You know how white sliced fills your mouth like putty Well that ll be why I started baking my own bread when I realised the shop bought gave me belly ache I m not fucking surprised Plus how can anyone possibly deal with their own weight issues when they have no idea what s in their food Fruit and veg has to conform to certain sizes and shapes to be sold in the supermarket you know The consumer that s you and me don t want to buy food that doesn t look like it s made of plastic Where the hell am I when they do these surveys About 40% of fruit and veg are wasted in this country each year because they don t conform Even the Prince of Wales gets his Highgrove Organic stuff rejected Best apples I ve ever eaten were from my mum s tree Looked like old ladies faces but tasted divine All this waste has made half the farmers give up Can t afford it And this puts rural landscapes biodiversity and ecosystems under threat 60% of ancient woodlands 97% of meadows and 50% of birds that depend on agriculture are gone Coffee and we re talking you re ars of instant here rather than Starbucks and its ilk who at least buy fair trade A Ugandan coffee farmer will sell a kilo of his coffee for 14 US cents By the time it s on the supermarket shelf its market value is 2640 per kilo And that s after they ve put all the crap in it that makes instant coffee Now hippy I might be but I m also the daughter of an economist and do in fact believe to an extent in globalization capitalism and free market But this isn t a free market This is bullying This is like medieval feudalism Any wonder the South American and African coffee farmers are pulling up their coffee crops to grow coca beans for cocaine and marijuana plantsAnd why Money of course The major supermarket undercut and undercut and undercut At one point they were selling baked beans so cheaply that even Nestle said they couldn t afford to bottle air at that price thus closing down the Crosse and Blackwell bottling plant And there s absolutely nothing we can do unless every suddenly stops shopping at supermarkets and sadly an awful lot of people either don t have a choice or don t have the information to make a *Choice For My Part I *For my part I getting pretty much everything from Abel and Cole now Food shouldn t be cheap you know Where we got this idea that we
had a right to cheap food I don t know Less plasma tvs and simple living IMHO Anda right to cheap food I don t know Less plasma tvs and simple living IMHO And none of that has touched you I leave you with this Some 12 billion people in the world still have too little to eat the same number today suffer from being overweightFor the first TIME IN 100 YEARS MEDICAL EXPERTS ARE PREDICTING THAT in 100 years medical experts are predicting that expectancy in developed countries will fall Thanks to obesity our children face the prospect of dying younger than us If a little out of date published in 2004 Not on the Label is a solid expos of the industrialization and globalization of food to the detriment of the environment health society our senses and wallets Felicity Lawrence has spent 3 years investigating the global food system for The Guardian uncovering the hidden and scandalous practices involved in the ourney of food from the dirt to our stomachs offering up suggestions for improvements to the system for future security as our current food system is environmentally ethically and even biologically unsustainable and how the average person can do their part if they wish though she doesn t udge those that are unable to do soChicken All chicken is diseased It s not a stretch to make that statement since mass contamination takes place It only takes is one sick chicken Doesn t matter if it s organically reared they go through the same processing plants And if that wasn t enough cheap chicken breasts can contain only 54% chicken the rest is water and possibly pork andor beef which usually appear in ethnic restaurants to be eaten Muslims and Hindus In that case the recent horsemeat scandal should ve come as no surprise though once again it was the Irish who brought it to light Further genetic selection has seen chickens appear like weightlifters on steroids with their over large breasts crippling their legs putting undue pressure on their hearts and causing skin infections from rolling around in their own excrement Limited living space from intense farming increases disease and treatment with antibiotics resulted in antibiotic resistance which may be being passed on to humansSaladReady to eat salad is less nutritious can be diseased and the chlorine it s washed in has been linked to cancer Supermarkets rarely have written contracts with farmers or packhouses promising to buy certain uantities although farmers are obliged to commit to supplying certain amounts to them The farmers are both reuired to take the loss on any surplus and to meet any shortfall at their own expense by impo. Igrant workers ravaged fields in Europe and the supermarket on our high street are all intimately connected Her discoveries would change the way we thought about the UK food industry for ever And when the horsemeat scandal hit the headlines in 2013 her book seemed extraordinarily prescient once again Now in this new edition of her seminal work Felicity Lawrence delves deeply into that scandal and uncovers how the great British public ended up eating horses 'A brave examination of the calamities caused by a policy laughingly called one of 'cheap.