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The Prince's Speech: On the Future of Food

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On May 4, 2011, Prince Charles gave the keynote speech at the Future of Food conference at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Rodale’s special commemorative edition of that speech has been enhanced with an all-new foreword by Wendell Berry and afterword by Will Allen and Eric Schlosser.

Sustainability, specifically in global food systems, is an issue the Prince has

Paperback, 64 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Rodale Books (first published January 31st 2012)
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Dec 31, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing
Like most people, my exposure to Charles, Prince of Wales, has been limited to the occasional glance at the cover of a tabloid. He seems to fill his life with photo opportunities at official ceremonies with the occasional hunting excursion in a kilt. But recently, my opinion of Prince Charles changed when I found this very short book.

The book is only 35 pages -- and even includes many pictures. Definitely, it can be read in less than half an hour. But the message in this book is one that you wil
Mar 12, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
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I've always thought of the Prince of Wales as inept or bumbling, but this speech has certainly changed my mind. It was well-written, backed up by facts without beating the audience over the head with needless numbers, and solution-focused. While people become interested in the sustainability of food for a variety of reasons, HRH's interest is ecological and generational. His speech also takes this direction, focusing upon the damage that industrial farming is doing to our natural resources. He e ...more
Breon Randon
This short transcript of HRH speech at a Georgetown University event was eye opening, to say the least. It's is very brief, as speeches tend to be, but is full of seemingly well researched facts. I previously knew that meat production was one the the great drains on our water supply, but other than that I was rather ignorant to there being issues with industrialized farming( excluding the abuse of animals, of course. That ish is really rotten). I never thought about how subsides rigging the game ...more
Ahmad Adi
Jul 08, 2014 Ahmad Adi rated it really liked it
This was a really nice short read. Definitely eye opening to issues I wasn't fully aware about in the fields of food sustainability. Will definitely change the way I look into things from now on. Definitely recommended!
Beth Dillon
Nov 25, 2013 Beth Dillon rated it liked it
I wasn't totally blown away with the book, but perhaps that's because I've heard HRH Prince Charles speak on sustainable agriculture before (and so its not a surprise). It could also be because this was meant to be a speech, and thus more impressive when actually heard as the voice can do all kinds of beautiful pauses and intonations to add more drama, as opposed to a book to be read. But I did like that his main argument focused on the need to reform agricultural subsidies, as they hide the rea ...more
Joshua Casey
Apr 17, 2014 Joshua Casey rated it really liked it
Timely, bridge-building and well-said. Nothing new fact-wise, but anyone whom Wendell Berry (who does the into) speaks this highly of ought to be heard.
Apr 10, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
To the point and oh so important.
Oct 09, 2014 Sharynlyn rated it it was amazing
A book everyone should read!
Jul 12, 2012 Chrissy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Chrissy by: N/A - Found it at the library
Thought-provoking, non-"radical" view of current agricultural practices and the needs of our Earth in the not-too-distant future. A quick read, I feel it is a "must" for any consumer of developed countries. Though I read this book on loan from our local public library, I am seriously considering purchasing a copy for myself to reference as needed in the future.
Alexis Russell
May 27, 2013 Alexis Russell rated it it was amazing
Whats gone wrong with our food system can be reversed. A better way of doing things is still possible. The next generation can be fitter, healthier, wiser, and more compassionate than the last one. That is the basic message of the Prince's speech. And i wholeheartedly agree!
Feb 23, 2012 Alice rated it liked it
Prince Charles really doesn't say anything new in this speech - but he's one of the few prominent people saying it, who isn't a professional environmentalist or author.
Mar 27, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing
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Inspite of his personal mishaps, I like the Prince. He's got his heart in the right place when it comes to the state of our environment.
Apr 03, 2012 Anandi rated it it was amazing
I admire all that HRH The Prince of Wales had done to inspire better food, gardening and wellness.
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