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Food Justice

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  120 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
In today's food system, farm workers face difficult and hazardous conditions, low-income neighborhoods lack supermarkets but abound in fast-food restaurants and liquor stores, food products emphasize convenience rather than wholesomeness, and the international reach of American fast-food franchises has been a major contributor to an epidemic of "globesity." To combat these ...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published October 31st 2010 by MIT Press (MA) (first published January 1st 2010)
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Feb 28, 2011 sdw rated it it was amazing
Are you frustrated with the agrarian nostalgia implicit in the food movement? Are you worried as much about farm workers as you are about farmers? Does the organic movement strike you as elitist? Do you care about food deserts and wonder about the ways eating sustainability as become a marker of socio-economic status? Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi have written the book for you.

What is food justice? “The interpretations of food justice can be complex and nuanced, but the concept is simple an
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Mar 12, 2013 Kat Lynch rated it liked it
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Comprehensive overview of the inequities and problems in the modern food system, domestically and globally. I think a fair amount of this won't be new to people already aware of the issues, but the second half of the book - describing strategies to promote food justice & reshape the system - covered a lot of heartening case studies that I wasn't yet familiar with.
May 22, 2011 Mlg rated it liked it
History of the food justice movement from their interest in conditions of labor, growing and producing food to the use of pesticides. The damage that Wal Mart has done to the American farming communities is pretty horrible. Informative book.
Nov 20, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Read for my book club at work. Pretty informative and good overview of food justice movement. Many case studies but no policy suggestions. Have a talk with the authors on Friday for work- will see what they have to say!
Jun 19, 2014 pianogal rated it it was ok
I liked some of the ideas in the book, but man was it DRY. It was so hard to read. If I'dve thought it was a textbook, I never would have checked it out from the library.
Aug 31, 2014 Astrid rated it really liked it
Good information. I skipped around because there is just so much. The topics covered the loads of examples are a rich introduction to food and the health of communities in general.
Sophie Ackoff
Feb 09, 2012 Sophie Ackoff rated it really liked it
I found its many case studies truly inspiring
Apr 05, 2015 Hayleigh rated it liked it
Lots of good information, but gets a bit dry and repetitive.
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Oct 28, 2016 Ginny Martinez rated it it was amazing
Suggested by Dr Lois Stanford as an introduction to the issue of food justice.
Jun 17, 2013 Katherine rated it liked it
Motivates a call for action to stop food injustices in our communities.
Joe Stadtmiller
This book is a bit dated at this point. Gives a decent status of food justices issue for the year 2013 but addresses few solutions for the future.
Jan 15, 2013 Julia rated it really liked it
To be honest, if I did not have to teach this book, I likely would not have read it. BUT, I was pleasantly surprised and learned a lot and am looking forward to my students' reaction!
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Robert Gottlieb has been the editor in chief of Alfred A. Knopf and The New Yorker. He is the author of Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhard, George Balanchine: The Ballet Maker, Lives and Letters (FSG, 2011), and Great Expectations and is the dance critic for The New York Observer.
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