This is a book Scott and I have been throwing little, friendly jabs at each other about for quite some time. I think we mentioned it at a time when we were both active on RS and exchanged a few comments. I kept planning on reading it, rather than just dismissing it out of hand which wasn't at all fair. I finally got around to reading it in October of 04, but never found time to start the thread, as I always promised Scott I would. Well, I finally did.
I won't say too much for right now as I want to re-read the book in the next coming weeks so I can annotate it so my nit-picking is more specific and can be placed appropriately with context and without vagaries.
I will suggest this: my perspective is going to be different simply because we do things differently (better, from the perspective this book brings) in Canada with respect to meat/nutrition/labeling etc. Not to suggest we are perfect, that's far, far from it. But in a lot of instance there are regulatory issues that we simply don't have, for a variety of reasons.
I will preface my comments by saying I am a skeptic by nature and anything raised in the mass media garners my immediate skepticism, regardless of any particular bias or side. I am, by nature, suspicious of groups with agendas and I think there is a good deal of that going on here. I will warn you that much of what is discussed in the book relates to agriculture and I think a lot of it doesn't have much to do with reality, or conversely is trying to point out was considered normal not more than 20 years ago is now unacceptable. Not because practices changed, but because sentiments changed, owing largely to an urbanization of the population. I think the book makes some fair points in instances, but it often carries them too far.
I'll leave my comments at that for now and would welcome comments from anyone at all into this thread. It is by no means just a forum for Scott and I as should be obvious, given this is a discussion board.