A Nation of Farmers, Defeating the Food Crisis on American SoilBook - 2009
Provides information on ways to solve the food crisis in the United States by creating a local food supply system.
"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.
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)