The Food Police

The Food Police

A Well-fed Manifesto About the Politics of your Plate

Book - 2013
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A rollicking indictment of the liberal elite's hypocrisy when it comes to food.
Ban trans-fats? Outlaw Happy Meals? Tax Twinkies? What's next? Affirmative action for cows?
A catastrophe is looming. Farmers are raping the land and torturing animals. Food is riddled with deadly pesticides, hormones and foreign DNA. Corporate farms are wallowing in government subsidies. Meat packers and fast food restaurants are exploiting workers and tainting the food supply. And Paula Deen has diabetes
Something must be done. So says an emerging elite in this country who think they know exactly what we should grow, cook and eat. They are the food police.
Taking on the commandments and condescension the likes of Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, and Mark Bittman, "The Food Police" casts long overdue skepticism on fascist food snobbery, debunking the myths propagated by the food elite. You'll learn:
- Organic food is not necessarily healthier or tastier (and is certainly more expensive).
- Genetically modified foods haven't sickened a single person but they have made farmers more profitable and they do hold the promise of feeding impoverished Africans.
- Farm policies aren't making us fat.
- Voguish locavorism is not greener or better for the economy.
- Fat taxes won't slim our waists and "fixing" school lunch programs won't make our kids any smarter.
- Why the food police hypocritically believe an iPad is a technological marvel but food technology is an industrial evil
So before Big Brother and Animal Farm merge into a socialist nightmare, read "The Food Police" and let us as Americans celebrate what is good about our food system and take back our forks and foie gras before it's too late
Publisher: New York : Crown Forum, c2013.
ISBN: 9780307987051
0307987051
9780307987037
0307987035
Branch Call Number: 363.192 Lusk 05/2013
Characteristics: 230 p. ;,22 cm.

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mizia
Mar 12, 2014

I did my best to go through this rant in an unbiased way but eventually got really tired by stumbling on a "food police" term in almost every other sentence. The author seems to draw some perverse pleasure from his making this, in his view-offensive, term, the foundation of every page of his book. Very bad style, no credible information, an unfounded "I know it best" rigid opinions of an industrial farming and food processing advocate. Not worth a minute of your attention and your valuable time.

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ReadRobin
Feb 06, 2014

Mr. Jayson Lusk has a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University, and currently is on the faculty at Oklahoma State University. So while Dr. Lusk may be very conversant in the economics of our food system, he is not a nutritionist, nor is he an M.D. Having grown up in West Texas, gotten his PhD in Kansas, and now on faculty at OSU, one should not be surprised if he is steeped in "conservative" notions of what is right. That said, I haven't read either of his two books, and must reserve judgement until I have at least skimmed them. I just wish that Paul Krugman's books were as readable as his syndicated column.

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