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July 21, 1996|CHARLES SOLOMON

A GARDEN OF UNEARTHLY DELIGHTS: Bioengineering and the Future of Food by Robin Mather (Penguin: $11.95; 205 pp.). Mather, the food editor of the Detroit News, examines the dichotomy between mass-produced food and the more wholesome, flavorful food raised through smaller-scale, sustainable agriculture. She contrasts community-supported, organic agricultural programs with factory farms that crank out animals nurtured on hormones and antibiotics. The chemicals and mutations make food cheaper to produce and easier to ship--at the cost of a lack of flavor and damage to the environment. Mather urges consumers to consider whether they want cheap food or quality food.

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