A Nation of Farmers, Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil

A Nation of Farmers, Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil

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Baker & Taylor
Provides information on ways to solve the food crisis in the United States by creating a local food supply system.

Perseus Publishing
The new food security - look no further than your own backyard.

“Astyk and Newton have written an important book with an unusual message: We need millions of new farmers…as soon as possible. You could not find two more reasonable, intelligent, sincere, and passionate people to talk to about food. And the book has very much the feeling of a conversation – with someone smart who cares about you. It is also intellectually complex, creative and nuanced. The authors are big thinkers and have taken a good lick at the central human issues of our time." Peter Bane

“This definitive guide can provide inspiration to gardeners and those concerned about the environment. It offers practical solutions to all the food-related problems brought on by industrialized agriculture and the globalization of food. Very carefully researched and well written, this documents what is wrong and what we can do about it.” Connie Krochmal - Bellaonline



"This outstanding and well-written compendium of insights and recommendations, of fervent idealism and practical solutions, is highly recommended."—Library Journal

Once we could fill our grocery carts with cheap and plentiful food, but not anymore. Cheap food has gone the way of cheap oil. Climate change is already reducing crop yields worldwide. The cost of flying in food from far away and shipping it across the country in refrigerated trucks is rapidly becoming unviable. Cars and cows increasingly devour grain harvests, sending prices skyrocketing. More Americans than ever before require food stamps and food pantries just to get by, and a worldwide food crisis is unfolding, overseas and in our kitchens.

We can keep hunger from stalking our families, but doing so will require a fundamental shift in our approach to field and table. A Nation of Farmers examines the limits and dangers of the globalized food system and shows how returning to the basics is our best hope. The book includes in-depth guidelines for:

  • Creating resilient local food systems
  • Growing, cooking, and eating sustainably and naturally
  • Becoming part of the solution to the food crisis

The book argues that we need to make self-provisioning, once the most ordinary of human activities, central to our lives. The results will be better food, better health, better security, and freedom from corporations that don’t have our interests at heart.

This is critical reading for anyone who eats and cares about high-quality food.

Sharon Astyk farms in New York, and is the author of Depletion and Abundance.

Aaron Newton is a sustainable systems land planner in North Carolina, and is the founding editor of Groovy Green.

Book News
Astyk in rural New York and Newton in North Carolina are both involved with Community Supported Agriculture, among other endeavors. They write for people who do not believe there is a food crisis, for people who admit that there might be but figure that the solution requires famous people to do something big, for people who accept the problem and are eager to help but need some suggestion and encouragement, and for people who would rather read about how to save the world than actually do anything about it (there is no way to exclude them). Quotations, interviews, personal narratives, rhetoric, and recipes are among the means they use. Distributed in the US by Consortium Books Sales and Distribution. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Gabriola Island, B.C. : New Society Publishers, 2009
ISBN: 9780865716230
Branch Call Number: 338.1973 ASTYK
Characteristics: xiii, 392 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Newton, Aaron


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