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Foodopoly

The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America
Hauter, Wenonah (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Foodopoly


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Through meticulous research, Hauter presents a shocking account of how agricultural policy has been hijacked by lobbyists, driving out independent farmers and food processors in favor of the likes of Cargill, Tyson, Kraft, and ConAgra. She demonstrates how the impacts ripple far and wide, from economic stagnation in rural communities at home, to famines in poor countries overseas. In the end, Hauter illustrates how solving this crisis will require a complete structural shift, a grassroots movement to reshape our food system from seed to table, a change that is about politics, not just personal choice.
Authors: Hauter, Wenonah
Title: Foodopoly
the battle over the future of food and farming in America
Publisher: New York :, New Press ;, [Jackson, TN] :, Distributed by Perseus Distribution,, 2012.
Characteristics: xii, 355 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Notes: Distributor location from website.
Contents: Pt. I. Farm and food policy run amok. Get those boys off the farm!
pt. II. Consolidating every link in the food chain. The junk food pushers
Walmarting the food chain
pt. III. The produce and organics industries : putting profits before people. The green giant doesn't live in California anymore
Organic food : the paradox
pt. IV. Deregulating food safety. Poisoning people
Animals on drugs
pt. V. The story of factory farms. Cowboys versus meatpackers : the last roundup
Hogging the profits
Modern-day serfs
Milking the system
pt. VI. Corporate control of the gene pool : the theft of life. Life for sale : the birth of life science companies
David versus Goliath
The future of food : science fiction or nature?
pt. VII. Building the political power to challenge the foodopoly. Eat and act your politics
The way forward.
Summary: Through meticulous research, Hauter presents a shocking account of how agricultural policy has been hijacked by lobbyists, driving out independent farmers and food processors in favor of the likes of Cargill, Tyson, Kraft, and ConAgra. She demonstrates how the impacts ripple far and wide, from economic stagnation in rural communities at home, to famines in poor countries overseas. In the end, Hauter illustrates how solving this crisis will require a complete structural shift, a grassroots movement to reshape our food system from seed to table, a change that is about politics, not just personal choice.
Local Note: 1 15 53 118 148 150 167 172 193 231 245
ISBN: 9781595587909
159558790X
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  • HereHere rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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