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The co-founder of the Leon restaurant chain and author of the National Food Strategy reveals the shocking truth behind the global food system, including extensive damage to both human health and the environment, in this vitally important volume.
You may not be aware of this - not consciously, at least - but you do not control what you eat. Every mouthful you take is informed by the subtle tweaking and nudging of a vast, complex, global system: one so intimately woven into everyday life that you hardly even know it's there.
The food system is no longer simply a means of sustenance. It is one of the most successful, most innovative and most destructive industries on earth. It sustains us, but it is also killing us. Diet-related disease is now the biggest cause of preventable illness and death in the developed world - far worse than smoking. The environmental damage done by the food system is also changing climate patterns and degrading the earth, risking our food security.
Few people know the workings of the food system better than Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of the Leon restaurant chain, government adviser and author of the radical National Food Strategy. In Ravenous, he takes us behind the scenes to reveal the mechanisms that act together to shape the modern diet - and therefore the world. He explains not just why the food system is leading us into disaster, but what can be done about it.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 34 mm
'Brilliant - a must read' - Tim Spector
'Ravenous is a revelation: a fast-paced, entertaining and often jaw-dropping guide to the modern food system, why it is putting us all in danger, and how we can escape its clutches' - Andi Oliver, Chef and Broadcaster
'Will change the way we look at food - for the better!' - Jamie Oliver
'Gripping' - India Knight
Praise for Henry Dimbleby's National Food Strategy:
'This is a compelling and overdue plan of action. If the Government adopts it, we will, at last, be putting our food system on the right path to health and prosperity.' - Prue Leith
'Dimbleby has worked through an incredibly complex landscape and resulted in a set of comprehensive, eminently workable recommendations that are practical and will have a direct impact on our lives.' - Tom Kerridge
'There is a nutritional gap between rich and poor in this country, and it's a slowly unfolding tragedy. Dimbleby not only recognises this - he has a plan to do something about it.' - Dame Louise Casey
'Analytically tight, empirically thorough... [Dimbleby's] recommendations are detailed, convincing, and would be entirely implementable if we cared about ourselves and the world around us.' - Sir Partha Dasgupta, Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge
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“Fascinating and balanced!”
I was grateful to receive a review copy of the book as the subject matter looked utterly fascinating - and I wasn't disappointed! Dimbleby keeps the writing accessible and engaging, allowing for interesting... More
“Essential reading for anyone who eats food!”
This is a very well thought out and accessible read. Dimblebly uses his experience and knowledge within the food industry, and from his research whilst composing the School Food Plan and the government commissioned... More
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