Foodopoly

9781595587909

Foodopoly

  • ISBN 13:

    9781595587909

  • ISBN 10:

    159558790X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 12/11/2012
  • Publisher: New Press

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Wenonah Hauter runs an organic family farm in northern Virginia that provides healthy vegetables to over five hundred families in the Washington, D.C., area as part of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Despite this, as one of the nation's leading healthy food advocates Hauter contends that the local food movement offers no solution to America's food crisis and the public health debacle it has created. In Foodopoly, she takes aim at the real culprit: the massive consolidation and corporate control of food production, which prevents farmers from raising healthy crops and limits the choices that people can make in the grocery store. 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 and economic change, not personal choice.

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