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Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket

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Everyone everywhere depends increasingly on long-distance food. Since 1961 the tonnage of food shipped between nations has grown fourfold. In the United States, food typically travels between 1,500 and 2,500 miles from farm to plate—as much as 25 percent farther than in 1980. For some, the long-distance food system offers unparalleled choice. But it often runs roughshod ov ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 17th 2004 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Jan 13, 2008 Steven rated it really liked it
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Feb 02, 2016 Jen rated it really liked it
Very thought provoking. It got me excited about trying to eat more locally and/or growing food myself. Reading about how the mainstream food industry works today really made me wonder how our current model of eating would have affected my great-grandparents (who were farmers) if they were still around.
Apr 13, 2016 BookBec rated it liked it
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I wonder, if I had read this when it was published in 2004, would it have been new and informative? In 2016, it seemed the same-old local food arguments plus the liability of dated information. Also, a couple of chapters were poorly edited, which was distracting. What ended up interesting me most was wondering whether any of the example businesses had survived after 12+ years. This book was fine, but if you're new to the subject of eating locally, you'd do better with something published recentl ...more
Mar 06, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
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A nice book delving deeper into the food and farmer link within the US and around the world. Some good information on the poor farming actions and outlooks by organizations like the World Bank, the IMF, and by agreements like NAFTA. Again it shows that money is ahead of everything, even culture, health, and the environment.

Similar to other books like Omnivore's Dilemma and Fast Food Nation, but with a slightly different angle, so those interested in food books will still find something new.
B+ The writing was very smooth and I read this rather quickly (my train commute and 30 min on the cross trainer and a little in the bathtub). It's a lot of interesting information about how the global agriculture business has changed. A little too Western focused, without any options for solutions, and several parts I skimmed, but still, highly informative and useful.
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Aug 18, 2011 Marie Louise rated it it was amazing
It may have been published in 2004 but the arguments are as valid and pertinent today as they were 7 years ago. The cited references are a good jumping off point for anyone interested in local foods policy. I encourage anyone interested in the larger implications of their food choices to pick up a copy of this book.
Sep 15, 2008 Betsy rated it really liked it
This is a good book about local food that makes you feel good that people out there are actually doing something. It's more scholarly and less personal and less scientific than Omniovore's Dilemma.
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Mar 13, 2007 Julia Bainbridge rated it it was amazing
Know where your food comes from, know the alternatives, take food seriously and think slow, not fast. Let's change the way Americans eat!
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Interesting, but again, it feels like I've read all this information somewhere else recently.
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Brian Halweil is a senior researcher at the Worldwatch Institute covering issues of food and agriculture. He joined Worldwatch in 1997 as the John Gardner Public Service Fellow from Stanford University, where he had established a student-run organic farm on campus. The farm was community-supported and sold produce to the university and local restaurants. In addition, Brian has set up community-sup ...more
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