* In the past 50 years vegetables sold in the UK have lost 24% of their magnesium, 27% of their iron and 46% of their calcium
* Beef has fewer of the omega-3 fats that once made it a healthy food
* Milk from cows kept in sheds is depleted of vitamins and the cancer-fighting CLA that helped to make this a fitness food
Jamie Oliver's School Dinners, Rick Stein's Food Heroes, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's field-to-table fare at River Cottage - the message is all around us that good food, nutrition and health go hand in hand, and we must eat more fresh, unprocessed foods.
But no one admits that a prime cause of our poor health and social disorders is not just fast foods, but the source of our foods. Industrial farming depletes the soil of minerals so that even organic carrots can be tasteless and lack vitamins and essential trace elements. We are missing out on the nutrient-rich foods our bodies have evolved to need.
Impassioned, outspoken, absorbing... Graham Harvey tells the story of how modern food production has brought us to the brink of disaster -- how the widespread use of nitrate fertilizers emerged from the same chemical furnace as the explosives used in World War 1, how in World War II collusion between the chemical industry and government led to changes in farming practice that have resulted in a massive decline in health. The campaign for real food begins with us, whether we shop at farmers' markets, organic suppliers or supermarkets. Harvey sets out what we can do to win the fight-back for food that will stop us being overfed and undernourished - in fact, for real food.
Publication date: 23/02/2006
Publisher: Constable And Robinson
|Publication date:||23rd February 2006|
|Publisher:||Constable And Robinson|
|Genres:||The Real World,|
Graham Harvey is an author and scriptwriter. His books include The Killing of the Countryside and The Forgiveness of Nature - the story of grass.Below is a Q & A with this author.Are you saying fresh foods arenâ€™t healthy?Fresh foods grown on fertile soils should be among the finest foods you can eat. Unfortunately many soils have been damaged by years of intensive, chemical farming. This means the crops they grow donâ€™t always contain the nutrients they used to. What nutrients in particular?Essential minerals are often present at lower levels than they ought ...More About Graham Harvey