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Not on the Label

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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. 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 avoid – then why do we want to knowSo on starting this book I envisioned that I would be put off my food forever and I would still have to eat it It was great then that it started with chicken or as I call them – chickens – it’s a bit like the difference between pork and pigs because as a vegetarian I don’t eat them I thought on this basis that I wouldn’t be bothered about what they do to chicken and on one level I was right But what they do to chickens in order to arrive at chicken is another matter Don’t worry – no gory details here – but suffice to say they ain’t happy bunnies by any stretch of the chalkSo then we comes to lettuce and before I started reading I’m thinking I’ll be ok if I just wash it – and I was mostly right But then we gets onto the problem of supermarkets It seems that without me being aware of it – supermarkets have come to embody everything that is evil about the world Again if you wants to know the details – read the book yourself but suffice to say lettuce farmers ain’t happy bunnies by any stretch of the chalkNext up is bread This is the part that changed my life so listen up The bread we buy in the evil supermarkets is mostly factory bread that is full of air and water and so isn’t as good for us as we’d like to think – even the brown ones with seeds on the top What we need is proper thick heavy bread made by real bakers with their real hands So I started eating that And it’s good I can’t say I really feel any healthier – yet – but when I get to one hundred and I’m still doing cartwheels I be sure to edit this review and let you knowOh and the last chapter is the best so if you’re short of time and patience just read that one‘Nuff said

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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 m. 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 is just 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 water or sanitation and all this 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 We just 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 jars 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'm 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 And if 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 life expectancy in developed countries will fall Thanks to obesity our children face the prospect of dying younger than us

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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 journalist and editor who has been writing on food related issues for over twenty years She lives in London. 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

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