We’re doomed!

Congested M25 Motorway at Junction 14, Greater London, England, United Kingdom. Image shot 2009. Exact date unknown.

Maybe it’s the mood induced by the horrendous nine and a half hour drive to Canterbury on motorways congested to near-paralysis, but two book reviews today really resonate:

Doom watch: Guardian 29 May (Review of The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilisation

by Brian Fagan)

Force feeding (Reviews of Not on the Label: What Really Goes into the Food on Your Plate

by Felicity Lawrence, and Shopped: The Shocking Power of British Supermarkets

by Joanna Blythman)

Makes you think:

Britain in 2002: 4,000 hours of cookery programmes on TV and 900 books on food and cooking, just 20 minutes, on average, preparing each main meal. British consumers now spend £7,000 a minute on ready meals, three times more than any other European country.

Supermarket delivery lorries, travel one billion kilometres every year, accounting for 40% of the lorry traffic on UK roads.

The supermarkets now sell more than 80% of the food we eat at home.

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