The Book List #9

I absolutely love reading about the food industry so as soon as I heard about Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat by Philip Lymbery I knew I had to read the most current book about food production and eating practices. Farmageddon not only covers factory and organic farming, Lymbery also investigates the knock on effect of food production; everything from environmental consequences such as wildlife devastation, to the health side effects including not only obesity but the concern over antibiotic resistance and the rise of super bugs; pollution, GM crops, supermarket chains, economic concerns, poverty, and possible solutions. Everyone should know where their food comes from, how it's produced, how that production effects the economy, the environment, and the population, and whether those methods are morally and ethically acceptable. I cannot encourage you enough to read this book.

The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession by Chandler Burr details Luca Turin's scientific battle against the scholarly establishment to have his new (and controversial) theory on the human sense of smell as a recognised and valid concept. An absolutely fascinating read that was much more to do with Turin as an enthusiastic and passionate lover of perfume than simply a book about the science of smell.

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