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The Dark Side of Technology$
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Peter Townsend

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790532

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790532.001.0001

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Food, Survival, and Resources

Food, Survival, and Resources

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(p.90) 6 Food, Survival, and Resources
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The Dark Side of Technology
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Peter Townsend

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790532.003.0006

Food is essential for survival, and this chapter considers how much is grown, harvested, distributed, and purchased. Overall more than half is typically wasted. The consequences of overeating are obvious in areas of health and general fitness, to the enormous rise in obesity within advanced nations. The economics, numbers of cases, and their rates of increase are key issues that are addressed here. Food and health are critically influenced by trace elements, and the role of enzyme catalysts that control biological development. Many long-term side effects are now apparent and in the future a more cautious approach is needed. There are comments on how pure are the food products already grown and manufactured. There are comments on the typical contaminants that are deemed acceptable (e.g. mouse hairs and droppings).

Keywords:   food products, obesity, fitness, enzymes, contaminants

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