- The inertia of the industrial food system and how farm subsidies support this failing system
- Externalities and the true cost of cheap food
- The lobbying power of large agricultural operations
- The increasing incidence of food-borne illnesses and the obesity epidemic
- Counting on consistent crops as some growing regions rack up record doughts
- Rising middle classes all over the world adopting meat-based diets
This is a must read, in-depth look into the myriad problems of our food system. You won't be able to put it down.
In the end, Roberts suggestions for these problems include:
- Lobby Congress to change farm bills and remove subsidies from large-scale commodities like wheat, soybeans and corn.
- Demand more government funding for sustainable and organic farm methods.
- Urge school boards to improve school lunches with fresh local and regional foods.
- Build regional food systems
Get this book as a gift for yourself this season. Read it, and give thanks for our local squash, potatoes, apples, kale, and every other Northwest vegetable or fruit that graces our plates.