Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill
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Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill

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The Farm Bill is perhaps the single most significant land use legislation enacted in the United States, yet many citizens remain unaware of its power and scope. With subsidies ballooning toward $25 billion dollars per year, the Farm Bill largely dictates who grows what crops, on what acreage, and under what conditions—all with major impacts on the country's rural economies...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published March 15th 2007 by University of California Press
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For a deeper look past the surface issues of the country's food infrastructure shortcomings (like you would find in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver and Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan), this book will help you better understand the wedge issues (conservation, poverty/food insecurity, health care/nutrition) that are all interrelated to the food bill and its impact on the country.

This book is broken up into several short chapters with lots of graphs and side stories relatin...more
Well, this one wasn't it either. I am continuing my quest for a good discussion of the interaction of U.S. food policy and third world poverty. This one hinted at it but was mostly about how the farm bill has evolved from one that was intended to help family farms to one that squeezes out smaller farms in favor of granting hugh subsidies to giant conglomerates. It was interesting and was well presented with lots of color graphics. I am glad I read it because it gives me a background for my study...more
Jul 26, 2007 Ellee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who eat
The Farm Bill is a much ignored policy document that has it's tenticles in every aspect of our lives. This book reads more like a really long brochure, with lots of useful information. As always, I wish policy books went further when advocating for change...but, the last chapter has some great suggestions, and lots of contacts.
Asta Garmon
Aug 19, 2008 Asta Garmon rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who eats
Shelves: food-books
I saw Dan Imhoff speak last night with Dan Barber. It was great but there was a feeling of impending doom because the Farm Bill was voted on that night in the House. This morning, we woke to find that Speaker Polosi sold us short in a number of areas. I still want to read this book though!
Mary Louise
A quick read with plenty of colorful graphs, cheerful Venn Diagrams, and snappy flow charts with Famer and Cow-shaped symbols to help you understand how the "Farm Bill" should be called the "Food Bill." It determines what sort of food we eat and as a result, the health of our nation.
This is a pretty good primer on the US Farm Bill.

It's not as in-depth as I'd like though, and the organization can be frustrating. Maybe that's just because the farm bill is disorganized itself though.
Aug 09, 2007 Stepho rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: food
Please read this book. Soon. It is an incredible education on what our farm bill is, and the pervasive impact it has on nearly everything we do.
I would have liked this more if it wasn't so textbooky. Important information, and while brief, I kinda just wanted a checklist or summary.
Quasi coffee table format and cumbersome graphics take away from an otherwise interesting and informative book.
Deborah Drucker
Indispensable guide to the history and politics of the Farm Bill.
Nicole McCann
extremely relevant. the next farm bill is 2012. time to get to work!
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