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Bet the Farm

How Food Stopped Being Food
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A prominent food journalist follows the trail from Big Pizza to square tomatoes to exploding food prices to Wall Street, trying figure out why we can't all have healthy, delicious, affordable food

In 2008, farmers grew enough to feed twice the world's population, yet more people starved than ever before?and most of them were farmers. In Bet the Farm, food writer Kaufman sets out to discover the connection between the global food system and why the food on our tables is getting less healthy and less delicious even as the the world's biggest food companies and food scientists say things are better than ever. To unravel this riddle, he moves down the supply chain like a detective solving a mystery, revealing a force at work that is larger than Monsanto, McDonalds or any of the other commonly cited culprits?and far more shocking.

Kaufman's recent cover story for Harper's, "The Food Bubble," provoked controversy throughout the food world, and led to appearances on the NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, Fox Business News, Democracy Now, and Bloomberg TV, along with features on National Public Radio and the BBC World Service.

  • Visits the front lines of the food supply system and food politics as Kaufman visits farms, food science research labs, agribusiness giants, the United Nations, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and more
  • Explains how food has been financialized and the powerful consequences of this change, including: the Arab Spring, started over rising food prices; farmers being put out of business; food scientists rushing to make easy-to-transport, homogenized ingredients instead of delicious foods
  • Explains how the push for sustainability in food production is more likely to make everything worse, rather than better?and how the rise of fast food is bad for us, but catastrophic for those who will never even see a McNugget or frozen pizza


Baker & Taylor
A renowned food journalist investigates why not everyone can have healthy, delicious, affordable food, explaining how food has been financialized and the powerful consequences of this change.

Ingram Publishing Services
A prominent food journalist follows the trail from Big Pizza to square tomatoes to exploding food prices to Wall Street, trying figure out why we can't all have healthy, delicious, affordable food

In 2008, farmers grew enough to feed twice the world's population, yet more people starved than ever before?and most of them were farmers. In Bet the Farm, food writer Kaufman sets out to discover the connection between the global food system and why the food on our tables is getting less healthy and less delicious even as the the world's biggest food companies and food scientists say things are better than ever. To unravel this riddle, he moves down the supply chain like a detective solving a mystery, revealing a force at work that is larger than Monsanto, McDonalds or any of the other commonly cited culprits?and far more shocking.

Kaufman's recent cover story for Harper's, ""The Food Bubble,"" provoked controversy throughout the food world, and led to appearances on the NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, Fox Business News, Democracy Now, and Bloomberg TV, along with features on National Public Radio and the BBC World Service.

  • Visits the front lines of the food supply system and food politics as Kaufman visits farms, food science research labs, agribusiness giants, the United Nations, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and more
  • Explains how food has been financialized and the powerful consequences of this change, including: the Arab Spring, started over rising food prices; farmers being put out of business; food scientists rushing to make easy-to-transport, homogenized ingredients instead of delicious foods
  • Explains how the push for sustainability in food production is more likely to make everything worse, rather than better?and how the rise of fast food is bad for us, but catastrophic for those who will never even see a McNugget or frozen pizza


Baker
& Taylor

Visiting the front lines of the food supply system and food politics, a renowned food journalist investigates why we can't all have healthy, delicious, affordable food, explaining how food has been financialized and the powerful consequences of this change.

Authors: Kaufman, Frederick, 1961-
Statement of Responsibility: Frederick Kaufman
Title: Bet the farm
how food stopped being food
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2012
Characteristics: vi, 266 p. ; 23 cm.
Notes: Includes index
Contents: Preface: closed to the press
A marvel of technology
The Domino's effect
The measure of all things
What's new for dinner
The nucleotidal wave
The code
Circus maximus
A short history of wheat futures
The food bubble
Let them eat cash
Fresh water and a shotgun
The price
Hard red spring
The bubble business
Subject Headings: Food industry and trade Social aspects Food supply Social aspects Agriculture Economic aspects
Topical Term: Food industry and trade
Food supply
Agriculture
LCCN: 2012013720
ISBN: 9780470631928
0470631929
Branch Call Number: 338.1 K
Research Call Number: JSD 14-2
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