The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America

Hauter, Wenonah

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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.

Publisher: New York : New Press, 2012.
ISBN: 159558790X
Characteristics: xii, 355 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm


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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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