Foodopoly

Foodopoly

The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America

Paperback - 2012
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Wenonah Hauter owns an organic family farm that provides healthy vegetables to hundreds of families as part of the growing nationwide Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement. Yet, as one of the nation's leading healthy-food advocates, Hauter believes that the local food movement is not enough to solve America's food crisis and the public health debacle it has created. In Foodopoly , she takes aim at the real culprit: the control of food production by a handful of large corporations--backed by political clout--that prevents farmers from raising healthy crops and limits the choices that people can make in the grocery store.

Blending history, reporting, and a deep understanding of American faming and food production, Foodopoly is the shocking and revealing account of the business behind the meat, vegetables, grains, and milk that most Americans eat every day, including some of our favorite and most respected organic and health-conscious brands. Hauter also pulls the curtain back from the little-understood but vital realm of agricultural policy, showing how it has been hijacked by lobbyists, driving out independent farmers and food processors in favor of the likes of Cargill, Tyson, Kraft, and ConAgra. Foodopoly demonstrates how the impacts ripple far and wide, from economic stagnation in rural communities at home to famines overseas. In the end, Hauter argues that solving this crisis will require a complete structural shift--a change that is about politics, not just personal choice.

Written with deep insight from one of America's most respected food activists, Foodopoly is today's essential guide for anyone who wants to reform our food system, from seed to table.
Publisher: New York : New Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9781595587909
159558790X
Characteristics: xii, 355 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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Oct 03, 2013

Anyone who cares or wonders about where their food comes from should read this book. I was surprised by the failure in organics, although there is not enough detail to cause me to avoid organics in fresh produce.
Many problems with the current agriculture system are detailed, chapter after chapter. The diagrams of corporate ownership of the variety of brands (including of the major organic brands in that chapter) are particularly insightful.

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