Food Shock: The Truth about What We Put on Our Plate ... and What We Can Do to Change It

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Exisle Publishing, 2012 - MEDICAL - 287 pages
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Everyone wants to eat fresh, clean, nutrient-rich food. The more sophisticated of us want our food ethically produced as well. But the vast majority of food in Australia is mass-produced in an industrialised system and the results are not as palatable as the everyday shopper might imagine. Our fruit and vegetables are sprayed with pesticides and herbicides, many of which have been banned overseas for years. Our beef is more often than not produced in feedlots, where thousands of cattle stand in their own faeces, regularly dosed with antibiotics to prevent the diseases that are an inevitable result of these conditions. Our chickens are 'spin chilled' in a dilute chlorine solution to help preserve them, and also to whiten the meat. The list goes on ... And if you combine all this with the as-yet-unknown effects of genetically modified crops, the growing water crisis, the continued sale of valuable farming land to foreign interests, and the constant struggle Australian farmers face to survive in a 'free-market' economy where 'big business' makes the profit and their overseas competitors are subsidised yet they are not, it soon becomes evident that food production in Australia faces a very uncertain future. 'Food Shock' investigates these issues and encourages us to ask some important questions: what are the alternatives to our current system? How do we get there? And what can we, the consumer, do to change things? The answers may surprise... Dianne Loughnan is a former Queensland and NSW provincial newspaper journalist and now commercial beef producer. She has also worked for the Queensland Landcare movement and has consulted to rural industries as a public relations practitioner. She currently lives and works with her husband and two children on their cattle property near Roma in southern inland Queensland.
 

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Food Shock is an unbiased, intelligent and thorough review of our current food system in Australia. If you care about food security then this book will give you all the information you need to form your own opinion and choose where you go from there. There is much we can do and Food Shock again thoroughly covers our options moving forward. 

Contents

Introduction
11
Look Good Live Forever
23
Addicted to Drugs
35
The Ethical Dilemma
47
Playing
80
Cheap Eats But Who Pays?
99
No Farmers No Food
116
Not So Fast
141
Turning Forests into Fertile Plains
182
Feast or Famine?
205
Who Owns the Farm?
228
Conclusion
243
Acronyms
250
Index
272
12
278
Copyright

Trading Blows
163

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Dianne Loughnan is a former Queensland and NSW provincial newspaper journalist and now commercial beef producer. She has also worked for the Queensland Landcare movement and has consulted to rural industries as a public relations practitioner.

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