Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know
The politics of food is changing fast. In rich countries, obesity is now a more serious problem than hunger. Consumers once satisfied with cheap and convenient food now want food that is also safe, nutritious, fresh, and grown by local farmers using fewer chemicals. Heavily subsidized and under-regulated commercial farmers are facing stronger push-back from environmentalis...more
This is a great one. Paarlberg covers everything from international food aid to obesity to organic farming. One thing that may surprise most people coming at this book from reading the New York Times, Paul Roberts, or Michael Pollan (in other words, Whole Foods consumers) is that Paarlbarg isn't a bi...more
Basically, read this book if:
-You've ever wondered what the big deal about organic/genetically modified food is?
-You wonder how starvation and morbid obesity can co-exist on th...more
No! What a terrible terrible tactic. Even an explicit text book (which this is not) should KNOW better.
Aside from that horrible writing strategy, the content of the book was pretty good, although I personally think it could have benefited from a more specific lens. It covered too much and without enough depth.
Could this book have been three separate books instead?
Yes. One about economics, one about politics, and one about society.
I also need to look back through it - I think I disagree with a good portion of what he says about food policy, at least domestically...