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The Great Food Gamble (Anglais) Broché – 3 janvier 2002


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Revue de presse

Thought-provoking, well-researched (Fordyce Maxwell, Scotsman)

Compelling (Observer)

Incisive and readable (Mick Hume, The Times)

Humphrys's level-headedness makes the arguments all the more powerful (Paul Heiney, The Sunday Times)

This could be the best diet book ever written (The Sunday Times)

Without being sentimental, it is a passionate discourse... well-written and accessible. My only concern is that its message is likely to be ignored where it matters most. (Tim Lang, Independent)

Présentation de l'éditeur

John Humphrys is passionate about the state of British food, farming, fishing and agriculture. Here, he looks back to the days of organic farming in England when people shared and swapped food and considered the wildlife as well as the farmed animals, crops and fruits. He examines today's travesties: factory farming, pouring chemicals into the land, the scandal of the supermarket wars and cheap imported goods. He then turns to the future and asks: Can we save this ravaged earth and rebuild our community values? Most of all, can we reverse the damage to ourselves and our long-term health that may result from what we eat? John Humphrys' book requires the full attention of anyone who cares about themselves or the future.


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  • Broché: 320 pages
  • Editeur : Hodder Paperbacks; Édition : New Ed (3 janvier 2002)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0340770465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340770467
  • Dimensions du produit: 12,8 x 2,1 x 19,5 cm
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The Great food gamble is a truly great book, very well written, easy to read and although mostly about the reality in the UK, worth reading for people from all over the world! This is a book about how the world is being destroyed. John Humphrys writes about modern day agriculture, comparing it to how it used to be, talks about the food we eat and all the problems it brings us, how the soils are completely depleted, the horror of farmed fish and battery chickens, the dangers of abuse of antibiotics by people and antibiotics given to animals that put our lives in danger and GM food. At the end he answers quite a few questions in the form of an interview, a really very interesting chapter! This is a very well researched book that should be read by everybody. It should be read by the children in school because nowadays they are so often bombarded with useless information and finish missing out on what is really important!

I do have a few question marks! The first one is the idea that the public has a choice in the kind of food sold to us. It is true that we now have organic food but too little and too expensive. As far as other products we don't seem to have much choice, especially because many times we don't even have any idea about what is in our food! The average person is far too busy to be looking into it in detail and ends up buying whatever is on offer! Should we have been more demanding? Maybe! Maybe we put too much trust into the people who were supposed to be looking after our interests!

The idea that salt is the source of cardio-vascular disease doesn't seem to be true, as isn't high blood pressure (many people who have a heart attack have average or low blood pressure!).
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Excellent read, although not finished yet. This book was recommended to me. Well done John Humphreys. Sure got me thinking !
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Great book. Recommended. 18 février 2013
Par NPF - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Published way back in 2001, this book makes for sad reading. All the issues raised in this book today continue apace. We as a people are neither learning or heeding the warning signs as we travel blindly along the road to destruction.

This is an extremely well written and researched book that looks at all aspects of how we today decide to produce our food and the consequences that result. It all starts with WWII and the desperate need for the UK to produce as much food as possible to avoid starvation following the threat of the German U2 submarines cutting the essential North Atlantic food supply chain from America. The mentality to maximize food production at all costs, coupled with advances in technology and the formation of powerful vested interests, ends up with the UK rapidly and radically discarding all the farming wisdom accrued over the previous centuries. We become a nation of chemical farmers. How, and the extent of this change is well covered here. For more reading on this Graham Harvey’s book ‘The Killing of The Countryside’ makes for a good complimentary read. This book by John Humphreys book though covers a far wider canvas asking why the food we now eat has become a source of threat and concern rather than a pleasure. It outlines those threats to both environment, animal and human health. Below is a summary of contents.

Preface
Driven by Need
Yesterday, Today … and Tomorrow?
From Caveman to Kitchen: The history of Food
These Toxic Times : Pesticides
The World Beneath Our Feet: Soil
Fear of Fish
Battling with Bugs: Antibiotics
The New Gene Genie: GM
The Counter Revolution: Organics
If I May Just Finish: Q&A
Bibliography
Index

This is an extremely thorough and readable book that highlights so many relevant issues. The preface sets the scene. At the time the U.K. had been hit by the devastating foot and mouth epidemic resulting in the slaughter of millions of cattle in an attempt to contain the disease. Like BSE, it was the modern farming practices that had caused the problem (of the 170,000 cattle affected by BSE only a few came from organically / traditionally raised herds, and these had been brought into the herd from farms outside), and it lead the author to question whether the relentless drive for cheap food was a mistake. He asks what is the price we, our countryside and the factory farmed animal pay? Is it worth it? The rest of the book proceeds in a meticulous yet highly readable and informed way to cover off all the main concerns and risks in what we are doing and to suggest alternatives. John Humphreys is in no doubt that we need to stop and rethink the mindless drive to produce the cheapest food at all costs. I don’t think that anyone who reads this book would question that.

Below are some reviews of the book (taken from the book):

‘Compelling’. The Observer

Powerful …. A devastating indictment of what we are doing to our food’. Daily Mail

‘Incisive and readable’ The Times

‘Without being sentimental, it’s a passionate discourse … well written and accessible.
My only concern is that its message is likely to be ignored where it matters most’ Independent

‘Humphreys’s level-headedness makes the argumenst all the more powerful’ The Sunday Times
You willl lose your apetite but read it anyway! 4 mars 2012
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The Great food gamble is a truly great book, very well written, easy to read and although mostly about the reality in the UK, worth reading for people from all over the world! This is a book about how the world is being destroyed. John Humphrys writes about modern day agriculture, comparing it to how it used to be, talks about the food we eat and all the problems it brings us, how the soils are completely depleted, the horror of farmed fish and battery chickens, the dangers of abuse of antibiotics by people and antibiotics given to animals that put our lives in danger and GM food. At the end he answers quite a few questions in the form of an interview, a really very interesting chapter! This is a very well researched book that should be read by everybody. It should be read by the children in school because nowadays they are so often bombarded with useless information and finish missing out on what is really important!

I do have a few question marks! The first one is the idea that the public has a choice in the kind of food sold to us. It is true that we now have organic food but too little and too expensive. As far as other products we don't seem to have much choice, especially because many times we don't even have any idea about what is in our food! The average person is far too busy to be looking into it in detail and ends up buying whatever is on offer! Should we have been more demanding? Maybe! Maybe we put too much trust into the people who were supposed to be looking after our interests!

The idea that salt is the source of cardio-vascular disease doesn't seem to be true, as isn't high blood pressure (many people who have a heart attack have average or low blood pressure!). But we can't forget that this book was published in 2002 (a pity the author never thought of writing an update...). He also says that apricots can't be sold unless they contain sulphur dioxide but in the meanwhile there are unsulphured apricots in the shops. In the meanwhile food is not that cheap anymore either! The concept that we live longer than we ever lived is one that seems to be quite debatable and at the end the author says that the new generation is the first one that will die before their parents! The older generation is living longer, whether we will, remains to be seen! Lots of young people, even babies, are dying of the most horrendous illnesses. He also says that nobody suggests that women should stop breastfeeding but with the terrible pollution we are surrounded by and all the chemicals in our food I think babies would be better off with formula that most resembled mother milk without all the dangers of it! He says that Alzheimer's is now found in people as young as 30 but in the meanwhile it is even found in children! I don't think people still smoke in the workplace but whether before we could refuse to share the office with someone who did.... I doubt it! Nowadays there are experts who doubt that vaccines are as useful as the author thinks they are. Are vaccines really as life-saving as he says they are? I am starting to doubt it! As far as doctors not being allowed to sell drugs in Britain, that is a great thing! Here in Switzerland they are and you see them trying to sell you as many drugs as they can get away with! I find it very worrying! Sometimes if feels as if they are selling candy to a child! As far as GM seeds go I know too little about the matter to comment but I would think that if farmers have their own conventional seeds they should be able to use them? Why is it that all of a sudden they find themselves with no seeds at all, other than the GM seeds they have to buy every year? Certainly other seeds must still exist or am I being too naïve? I am always amazed at how centuries of agriculture all of a sudden become "organic" and the chemical stuff of the past 50 years or so became "conventional". The same applies to medicine... the old type, centuries old, is "alternative", the new one is "conventional". Puzzling....

If you want to go on eating farming salmon (the only kind now sold in many countries) skip that chapter because after you read it no way you will touch this poor fish again. But then.... A British newspaper has just published an article about a new illness attacking fish in over fished areas: a predator that eats fishes tongues and then settles where the tongue used to be! I think that I will skip eating fish for the rest of my life!

As I was about to write this review I came across an article in a British newspaper about how commonly used cosmetics are full of toxins.... It really makes one wonder what kind of world we live in! I have to say that I came across this book by chance while looking for something else but I am glad I did, this is one of the best books I have ever read and let's hope John Humphrys will update it very soon!
Read this for the sake of your health 16 octobre 2004
Par Opinionated Of Texas - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book will truly make you think about what you eat! John Humphries (a well known broadcaster in the UK) takes a long hard look at the agro-industry and he doesnt like what he sees. Chapter by chapter each area is examined (abuse of soil so yields are falling, pesticide residues on food, overuse of antibiotics causing stronger viruses etc) and little of the news is good - in fact some of it is so intriguing that its almost as hard to put down as a thriller. True, the key points are repeated one too many times but I can put up with that for this level of education. Its hard not to agree with his argument that for the sake of cheap food we are now putting up with dangerous food.
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