Throughout the United States, people are increasingly concerned about where their food comes from, how it is produced, and how its production affects individuals and their communities. The answers to these questions reveal a complex web of interactions. While large, distant farms and multinational companies dominate at national and global levels, innovative programs including farmers' markets, farm-to-school initiatives, and agritourism are forging stronger connections between people and food at local and regional levels. At all levels of the food system, energy use, climate change, food safety, and the maintenance of farmland for the future are critical considerations. The need to understand food systems-what they are, who's involved, and how they work (or don't)-has never been greater. Food, Farms, and Community: Exploring Food Systems takes an in-depth look at critical issues, successful programs, and challenges for improving food systems spanning a few miles to a few thousand miles. Case studies that delve into the values that drive farmers, food advocates, and food entrepreneurs are interwoven with analysis supported by the latest research. Examples of entrepreneurial farms and organizations working together to build sustainable food systems are relevant to the entire country-and reveal results that are about much more than fresh food.
Publisher: University Press of New England
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 241 x 155 x 18 mm
"Chase and Grubinger bring valuable clarity and insight to the inherent complexity of contemporary food systems. Anyone who wants to truly understand how these systems work--or don't work--should read this book."--Ben Hewitt, author of The Town That Food Saved
"If you haven't a clue about what's meant by food systems, read Food, Farms, and Community right now. The book covers the territory from farm to fork, clarifying the complexities and focusing on what's really important: what to do to create food and farming systems that promote the health of people and the planet."--Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat
"This is a book that I will use and recommend to my students in the masters in Sustainable Food Systems Program at Green Mountain College, and it deserves to be read more widely--by policy makers as well as urbanites with dreams of a bucolic life on a far, saving the world by growing healthy food. Chase and Grubinger lay out the obstacles to, as well as the promise of, that vision in a tone that is balanced and hyperbole free."--Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat "Vermont History"
"[Chase and Grubinger's] backgrounds inform their broad approach to the complex topic of food systems, producing an introductory textbook unique in its breadth of scope and emphasis on North American food systems. Throughout the book, the authors define terms and concepts. They clearly convey a great deal of information about this complicated subject through thoughtful organization and a straightforward writing style."--Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat "Choice"