Just Food

Just Food

Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
A provocative response to mixed messages surrounding the "locally grown" movement challenges popular opinions about the nutritional and environmental realities of food, revealing such information as the superior energy efficiency of imported tomatoes and the greater sustainability of farm-raised freshwater fish.

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McWilliams, a former locavore who teaches environmental history at the Texas State U.-San Marcos, challenges ideas that eating locally is better for the environment and argues that it is not a viable option to sustainable food production on a global scale. He argues that instead, it can be harmful to the environment in some cases and proposes ways that readers can make responsible food choices. He discusses the issue of food miles, noting that transporting produce from thousands of miles away may be more energy efficient; genetically modified foods, which he says should be reconsidered; and the emphasis on organic crops, an obstacle to building more inclusive models of sustainable food production for feeding more people. He does propose that people should eat less meat, and addresses the need for farm-raised fish, liberalized and regulated trade policies, and sustainable ranching, contending that the answer to global food issues lies in the center rather than one extreme or another. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Hachette Book Group
We suffer today from food anxiety, bombarded as we are with confusing messages about how to eat an ethical diet. Should we eat locally? Is organic really better for the environment? Can genetically modified foods be good for you?

JUST FOOD does for fresh food what Fast Food Nation (Houghton Mifflin, 2001) did for fast food, challenging conventional views, and cutting through layers of myth and misinformation. For instance, an imported tomato is more energy-efficient than a local greenhouse-grown tomato. And farm-raised freshwater fish may soon be the most sustainable source of protein.

Informative and surprising, JUST FOOD tells us how to decide what to eat, and how our choices can help save the planet and feed the world.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316033749
Branch Call Number: 394.12 M258j
Characteristics: viii, 258 p. ; 25 cm


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Jul 28, 2016

An open-eyed look at several potential solutions to our food production woes.

Well researched and well put together. A very enjoyable read.

Jul 19, 2011

This is a very insightful journey into the industry that provides us with our "daily bread"...I recommend anyone interested in what goes into their mouth read this book.

Apr 30, 2011

food money politics. it's good we don't know our future, because it's scary

Feb 24, 2011

This guy sounds like he is full of BS. If you want a sustainable food system, shipping foods around the world will never be it, GMO will not be part of it (we are seeing problems already). The last thing we should do is export the American Factory Farm model. As for organic, it can be very high yield. Permaculture farms are great examples of this, and they are found in many climatic regions. In fact, permaculture has been able to reverse desertification.
This is definitely not a book I recommend reading. The one thing he does get right is the topic of subsidies, and how food activists must understand how heavily big agriculture is subsidized and work to to eliminate perverse subsidies.

Dec 31, 2009

I love people that love the truth and search hard for it.
I don't know if i would come to the same conclusions as he does....I am still thinking about it...a worthwhile read about world food issues.


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