Fear of Food

Fear of Food

A History of Why We Worry About What We Eat

Book - 2012
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Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2012
ISBN: 9780226473741
0226473740
Branch Call Number: 613.2 LEVENST
Characteristics: ix, 218 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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ksoles Dec 13, 2012

Cancer. Climate change. Terrorism. So much to fear, so little time. But perhaps nothing inspires global panic so much as food: not having enough of it, over-processing it, being poisoned by it.

In "Fear of Food," Harvey Levenstein, an emeritus professor of history at McMaster University, serves up a delightful review of the origins, motivations, and sustaining factors behind the huge number of warnings that have emerged over the past century concerning the safety of our food supply. He shows how simple scientific observations easily become overblown, invalid pronouncements that cause unprecedented concern.

In a clever observation, Levenstein notesthat "for every PhD there is an equal and opposite PhD." Bottom line? Stay skeptical about all the fear-inducing claims out there; both eating habits and food claims do best with moderation.

Originally presented as a series of invited lectures, this readable book combines social history, social psychology, and food science and provides a great springboard for discussion.

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