Fixing What’s Broke in Our Food System

Husband Gary and his sister have co-owned a corn and soybeans farm in Iowa for years, and that’s as personally connected as I’ll probably ever be to a farm. I worry about what I eat, though, and what our agribusinesses do to get things done. If you care, too, read on.

I just watched the below video-trailer for a book about to be released, in June: Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All by Oran B. Hesterman, published by PublicAffairs. That is a reputable publishing company whose tagline is “good books about things that matter.” Because Fair Food is a how-to, policy book–that is, nothing sexy about it–it will need all the help it can get to achieve the visibility I suspect it deserves. 

If you are involved in the food industry or want to be active in its revamping somehow, you’ll want to check it out. My understanding is that this isn’t a book that complains about a problem. This is a book that provides practical ideas for fixing the problem. If you like it, let people know in whatever way you let people know things like that (pillow talk, phone calls, postcards, customer reviews, Facebook, Twitter…).

Read about the author and more: Fair Food – PublicAffairs description. And here’s the link to the video: Fair Food video. Remember, I’ve jumped the gun; the book isn’t out until June, but you can preorder wherever you tend to shop. (Disclosure: I know no one involved with this product and will receive nothing for recommending it.)

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2 Responses to Fixing What’s Broke in Our Food System

  1. It may interest you to know that Cleveland has just banned restaurants from the use of trans fats.

    “Cleveland restaurants will now have to revise their recipes. By July of 2013, trans fats will be banned from prepared food in city restaurants. ‘You look at KFC, Applebee’s, Wal-Mart, they’re already getting rid of it,’ said Cimperman.

    Anyone who violates either ordinance will get a warning. Second-time violators will have to pay a $150 fine and subsequent violators will pay a $250 fine.”

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