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Eco Living Review: “The Green Food Bible” By Judith Wills

Clagett Farm CSA Week 11
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How green is the food we eat? Is local food always better than imported food? Which cooking methods use the least energy? Is organic food really better for you than non-organic?

These are just a few of the questions which author Judith Wills aims for is her book entitled “The Green Food Bible”.

This detailed 285 page book examines every element of the food we eat looking at the environmental impacts of it and how we can eat more sustainably.

Beautifully laid out with colourful pages, interesting fact boxes and high quality photographs this book just begs to be picked up and read. And if you follow your instincts I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

The book is clearly and elegantly written, having been carefully researched, with plenty of evidence to back up the authors opinions on how we can help the planet without having to live on just home-grown lettuce.

But more than being merely interesting, this book offers a host of practical tips including seasonal recipes, advice on food preparation and storage and also reveals some fascinating facts that I wasn’t aware of.

For example, did you know that most soya is actually genetically-modified? I know of more than a few people who try to help the planet by eating more soya and less meat, without realizing they are also consuming GM crops.

Did you also know that in terms of UK law, a free range chicken only needs to have 3 times the space of a battery hen? That didn’t sound like much to me.

If you care about your food and you care about the planet then this book is sure to impress. I also think it would make a perfect gift idea for anyone interested in sustainable living practises as it successfully merges an easy writing style with hard-hitting facts and research to greatly reduce the guesswork that many of us put into our weekly grocery shopping.

Highly recommended.

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