No Happy Cows

No Happy Cows: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Food Revolution, by John Robbins.  Conari Press, 2012.

This collection of Robbins’ most popular blog posts from Huffington Post, plus some new material, ranges widely on food-related topics. He cuts straight through food industry hype to explain clearly the issues about, for example, the anti-soy campaign (conclusion: soy is healthful if eaten in moderation), the role of factory farms in the development of antibiotic-resistant pathogens (one of these pathogens, MRSA, now causes more U.S. deaths annually than AIDS), and child slavery used in the production of chocolate (insist on organic chocolate). Plus many other food nightmares, and what you can do. The book’s title comes from the California Milk Board’s deceptive advertising campaign to portray their cows as living comfortable lives, when the bleak opposite is true. Anyone who reads the book will be a much more educated consumer, and it is hoped that knowing about abuses will motivate consumers to avoid them.

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