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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.
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Through meticulous research, the author 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 takes aim at these large corporations, who have gained control of food production backed by political clout, preventing farmers from raising healthy crops and limiting the choices that people can make in the grocery store. 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, she 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, 2012.
Characteristics: xii, 355 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Farm and Food Policy Run Amok. Get those boys off the farm!
Consolidating Every Link in the Food Chain. The junk food pushers ; Walmarting the food chain.
The Produce and Organics Industries: Putting Profits Before People. The green giant doesn't live in California anymore ; Organic food: the paradox.
Deregulating Food Safety. Poisoning people ; Animals on drugs.
The Story of Factory Farms. Cowboys versus meatpackers: the last roundup ; Hogging the profits ; Modern-day serfs ; Milking the system.
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?
Building the Political Power to Challenge the Foodopoly. Eat and act your politics ; The way forward.
Summary: Through meticulous research, the author 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 takes aim at these large corporations, who have gained control of food production backed by political clout, preventing farmers from raising healthy crops and limiting the choices that people can make in the grocery store. 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, she 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 53 118 148 150 167 172 193 210 231 245 268
ISBN: 159558790X
9781595587909
Statement of Responsibility: Wenonah Hauter
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-342) and index.
Subject Headings: Agriculture Economic aspects United States. Agricultural industries United States. Food supply United States.
Topical Term: Agriculture
Agricultural industries
Food supply
LCCN: 2012025605
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Oct 03, 2013
  • 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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