Bread Wine Chocolate: the slow loss of foods we love by Simran Sethi
A treatise on the loss of biodiversity in our food and the inspiring people and places around the world that are attempting to bring back the foods we love. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations...95% of the world's calories come from a mere 30 species. Of 30,000 edible plants...we cultivate about 150. Three-fourths of the world's food comes from just 12 plants and five animal species. We overeat energy-dense foods while eating fewer foods rich in micronutrients, increasing our chances of becoming "stuffed and starved". All this in the name of progress and modernization. The industrialization of food production and food distribution---concentrating on those food that can be grown abundantly and can sustain long journeys to market and retain a long shelf life once there--have resulted in lower quality, nutrient-poor monocultures of fast food, and processed foods full of salt, sweeteners and fats.
An example she gives: McDonald's fries, medium serving, contains 19 grams of fat, 270 milligrams of salt and 19 ingredients. A "real" potato contains less than one gram of fat, 13 milligrams of salt and one ingredient. Our industrialized food system is designed for efficiency and yield and profit..not nutrition, taste, or diversity.
A fascinating book so far.
Sea turtle....assembly required.