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The Food Police

A Well-fed Manifesto About the Politics of your Plate
Lusk, Jayson (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"Taking on the commandments and condescenion of the likes of Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, and Mark Bittman, [Lusk] casts long overdue skepticism on fascist food snobbery, debunking the myths propogated by the food elite"--Dust jacket flap.
Authors: Lusk, Jayson
Title: The food police
a well-fed manifesto about the politics of your plate
Publisher: New York : Crown Forum, c2013
Characteristics: 230 p. ;,22 cm
Contents: A skeptical foodie
The price of piety
From cops to robbers : a brief history of food progressivism
Are you smart enough to know what to eat?
The fashion food police : organic, the status food
Franken-fears
The follies of farm policy
The thin logic of fat taxes
The locavore's dilemma
The future of food
Summary: "Taking on the commandments and condescenion of the likes of Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, and Mark Bittman, [Lusk] casts long overdue skepticism on fascist food snobbery, debunking the myths propogated by the food elite"--Dust jacket flap.
ISBN: 0307987051
9780307987051
0307987043
9780307987044
0307987035
9780307987037
Statement of Responsibility: Jayson Lusk
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [195]-222) and index
Subject Headings: Nutrition Government policy
Topical Term: Nutrition
LCCN: 2012025935
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Mar 12, 2014
  • mizia rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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.

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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