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Food, Sex and Salmonella

Food, Sex and Salmonella: Why our Food is Making us Sick (Greystone Books, 2008)

Food Sex CoverWith solid science and deft humor, a celebrated epidemiologist surveys foodborne diseases, explains their complexities, explores why new diseases are emerging, and offers preventive solutions.

In this lively look at foodborne diseases, David Waltner-Toews brings us tales of the bacteria, viruses, and parasites that have made their way into our food supply. He explores the global patterns of foodborne disease, from ciguatera toxins in fish to pandemics of Salmonella, and the changes in climate, culture, agriculture, and trade that have led to the emergence of new diseases and epidemics. Finally, he offers effective responses, ranging from changing personal habits to managing international trade and agricultural practices.

Using the metaphor of sex, the book reminds us that what sex is to interpersonal relationships, eating is to the human-environment relationship. Treating our relationship with food as a series of one-off sensual encounters is like having random sex with a blindfold on: it may be fun, but it is also full of nasty surprises. This book is a call to take off the blindfolds and enlighten ourselves.

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“The epidemiologist-veterinarian combines solid science and a light touch to describe the bacteria, viruses and parasites that have entered our food supply, and how new diseases and epidemics have emerged.” — Globe and Mail, April 26, 2008

“…fortunately, Waltner-Toews’s romp through the gastrointestinal tract is just that. There’s no hysteria or apocalyptic ranting — just straight storytelling laced with one-liners that will likely haunt readers. Improperly cooked hamburgers, he writes, “are really just cases of diarrhea and vomiting waiting for stomachs to happen”; “drinking bottled water every day is like using a toilet bowl brush to clean your teeth.” — Walrus MagazineMay 2008

Complex Chinese Version Now available (October 2014)!


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