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Sitopia: How Food Can Save the World (Paperback)Carolyn Steel (author)
Steel’s engrossing dissection of how integral food is to the functioning of civilization covers everything from appetite to industrial processes. Arguing that we have lost our ability to appreciate the value and importance of food, Sitopia makes convincing assertions about the detrimental effects on the environment and ecology.
Shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize for Writing on Global Conservation 2020
We live in a world shaped by food, a Sitopia (sitos - food; topos - place). Food, and how we search for and consume it, has defined our human journey.
From our foraging hunter-gatherer ancestors to the enormous appetites of modern cities, food has shaped our bodies and homes, our politics and trade, and our climate. Whether it's the daily decision of what to eat, or the monopoly of industrial food production, food touches every part of our world. But by forgetting its value, we have drifted into a way of life that threatens our planet and ourselves.
Yet food remains central to addressing the predicaments and opportunities of our urban, digital age. Drawing on insights from philosophy, history, architecture, literature, politics and science, as well as stories of the farmers, designers and economists who are remaking our relationship with food, Sitopia is a provocative and exhilarating vision for change, and how to thrive on our crowded, overheating planet. In her inspiring and deeply thoughtful new book Carolyn Steel, points the way to a better future.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 333 g
Dimensions: 199 x 128 x 29 mm
'An unabiguously essential read.' - The Daily Telegraph
'..a vital call for us to rediscover the way that food binds us to each other and to the natural world..' - The Guardian
'No writer asks more interesting questions about food than Carolyn Steel because no one takes more seriously the profound role of food at the heart of human life...destined to become a modern classic' - Bee Wilson
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