Saturday, August 22, 2009

Dying for a Hamburger: The Alarming Link Between the Meat Industry and Alzheimer's Disease (Murray Waldman)

A well documented book on prion diseases generally, which explores the link between Alzheimer's and meat consumption in particular. What if BSE / vCJD were not the only foodborne encephalopathies ? Chilling - will send you buying tempeh and tofu burgers straight away.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China (Leslie T. Chang)

A powerful and touching account of the living conditions, hopes and aspirations of migrant workers in the factories of contemporary southern China. The author's own quest for her roots interestingly collides with these girls' search for a better future - and their move away from their own countryside roots and family values. The book gives a voice to the millions of pairs of hands who are sewing and gluing together luxuries for us spoilt westerners and that they can't even dream of affording for themselves. You will never look at your fancy running shoes the same way again after reading this book.