Bringing It to the Table

Bringing It to the Table Author Wendell Berry
ISBN-10 9781458758620
Year 2010-05-01
Pages 316
Language en
Publisher ReadHowYouWant.com
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Only a farmer could delve so deeply into the origins of food, and only a writer of Wendell Berry's caliber could convey it with such conviction and eloquence. Drawn from more than thirty years of work, this collection is essential reading for all who care about what they eat.

Bringing it to the Table

Bringing it to the Table Author Wendell Berry
ISBN-10 9781582435435
Year 2009
Pages 234
Language en
Publisher Counterpoint Press
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A collection of essays that address the origins of the food you eat, including how organically-grown food measures up against locally-grown produce, and how the differences between large and small farms can affect the food on your table. Original.

Bringing It to the Table

Bringing It to the Table Author Wendell Berry
ISBN-10 9781582439273
Year 2009-07-28
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Counterpoint Press
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Only a farmer could delve so deeply into the origins of food, and only a writer of Wendell Berry’s caliber could convey it with such conviction and eloquence. Long before Whole Foods organic produce was available at your local supermarket, Berry was farming with the purity of food in mind. For the last five decades, Berry has embodied mindful eating through his land practices and his writing. In recognition of that influence, Michael Pollan here offers an introduction to this wonderful collection. Drawn from over thirty years of work, this collection joins bestsellers The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Pollan, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver, as essential reading for anyone who cares about what they eat. The essays address such concerns as: How does organic measure up against locally grown? What are the differences between small and large farms, and how does that affect what you put on your dinner table? What can you do to support sustainable agriculture? A progenitor of the Slow Food movement, Wendell Berry reminds us all to take the time to understand the basics of what we ingest. “Eating is an agriculture act,” he writes. Indeed, we are all players in the food economy.

Tomorrow s Table

Tomorrow s Table Author Pamela C. Ronald
ISBN-10 9780199742424
Year 2010-01-08
Pages 232
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press
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By the year 2050, Earth's population will double. If we continue with current farming practices, vast amounts of wilderness will be lost, millions of birds and billions of insects will die, and the public will lose billions of dollars as a consequence of environmental degradation. Clearly, there must be a better way to meet the need for increased food production. Written as part memoir, part instruction, and part contemplation, Tomorrow's Table argues that a judicious blend of two important strands of agriculture--genetic engineering and organic farming--is key to helping feed the world's growing population in an ecologically balanced manner. Pamela Ronald, a geneticist, and her husband, Raoul Adamchak, an organic farmer, take the reader inside their lives for roughly a year, allowing us to look over their shoulders so that we can see what geneticists and organic farmers actually do. The reader sees the problems that farmers face, trying to provide larger yields without resorting to expensive or environmentally hazardous chemicals, a problem that will loom larger and larger as the century progresses. They learn how organic farmers and geneticists address these problems. This book is for consumers, farmers, and policy decision makers who want to make food choices and policy that will support ecologically responsible farming practices. It is also for anyone who wants accurate information about organic farming, genetic engineering, and their potential impacts on human health and the environment.

Closing the Food Gap

Closing the Food Gap Author Mark Winne
ISBN-10 0807047309
Year 2008-01
Pages 199
Language en
Publisher Beacon Press
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A study of the food crisis in America looks at the dietary split between the affluent and the poor, examines how Americans of all classes get their food, assesses current policies designed to alleviate the food gap, and calls for the establishment of realistic partnerships between family farms and impoverished communities to address the problem.

The Unsettling of America

The Unsettling of America Author Wendell Berry
ISBN-10 161902599X
Year 2015-09-01
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Counterpoint
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Since its publication by Sierra Club Books in 1977, The Unsettling of America has been recognized as a classic of American letters. In it, Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural development and spiritual discipline. Today’s agribusiness, however, takes farming out of its cultural context and away from families. As a result, we as a nation are more estranged from the land--from the intimate knowledge, love, and care of it. Sadly, his arguments and observations are more relevant than ever. We continue to suffer loss of community, the devaluation of human work, and the destruction of nature under an economic system dedicated to the mechanistic pursuit of products and profits. Although "this book has not had the happy fate of being proved wrong,” Berry writes, there are good people working "to make something comely and enduring of our life on this earth.” Wendell Berry is one of those people, writing and working, as ever, with passion, eloquence, and conviction.

Food Truths from Farm to Table 25 Surprising Ways to Shop amp Eat Without Guilt

Food Truths from Farm to Table  25 Surprising Ways to Shop   amp Eat Without Guilt Author Michele Payn
ISBN-10 9781440849985
Year 2017-03-20
Pages 210
Language en
Publisher ABC-CLIO
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Don't believe everything you're told about food—most of it is highly misleading or completely untrue. Written by a farm and food advocate, this book identifies marketing half-truths and guides you through the aisles of the grocery store to simplify smart food shopping and restore your freedom to enjoy food. • Turns food confusion into clarity, enabling readers to have confidence regarding how to buy, prepare, and serve safe, healthy, and nourishing food • Offers an informed voice of reason to the overly sensationalized food and health arena • Provides practical tips and accurate information that allows readers to make decisions based on their own social, ethical, environmental, and health standards • Reveals why parents should not feel guilty if they cannot afford the "right" label or the "right" food when food-shopping for their family

How to Pick a Peach

How to Pick a Peach Author Russ Parsons
ISBN-10 9780547347769
Year 2008-05-01
Pages 432
Language en
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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"Eat locally, eat seasonally.” A simple slogan that is backed up by science and by taste. The farther away from the market something is grown, the longer it must spend getting to us, and what eventually arrives will be less than satisfying. Although we can enjoy a bounty of produce year-round -- apples in June, tomatoes in December, peaches in January -- most of it is lacking in flavor. In order to select wisely, we need to know more. Where and how was the head of lettuce grown? When was it picked and how was it stored? How do you tell if a melon is really ripe? Which corn is sweeter, white or yellow? Russ Parsons provides the answers to these questions and many others in this indispensable guide to common fruits and vegetables, from asparagus to zucchini. He offers valuable tips on selecting, storing, and preparing produce, along with one hundred delicious recipes. Parsons delivers an entertaining and informative reading experience that is guaranteed to help put better food on the table.

Food Truths from Farm to Table

Food Truths from Farm to Table Author Michele Payn
ISBN-10 1440849978
Year 2017
Pages 210
Language en
Publisher Praeger
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Don't believe everything you're told about food—most of it is highly misleading or completely untrue. Written by a farm and food advocate, this book identifies marketing half-truths and guides you through the aisles of the grocery store to simplify smart food shopping and restore your freedom to enjoy food. * Turns food confusion into clarity, enabling readers to have confidence regarding how to buy, prepare, and serve safe, healthy, and nourishing food * Offers an informed voice of reason to the overly sensationalized food and health arena * Provides practical tips and accurate information that allows readers to make decisions based on their own social, ethical, environmental, and health standards * Reveals why parents should not feel guilty if they cannot afford the "right" label or the "right" food when food-shopping for their family

Bringing the Food Economy Home

Bringing the Food Economy Home Author Helena Norberg-Hodge
ISBN-10 1842772333
Year 2002
Pages 150
Language en
Publisher Zed Books
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If the many social, environmental and economic crises facing the planet are to be resolved, a good place to start is to rebuild local food economies. This title shows how a shift towards the local would protect and rebuild agricultural diversity, along with many other benefits.

The Chain

The Chain Author Ted Genoways
ISBN-10 9780062288776
Year 2014-10-14
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Harper Collins
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A harrowing investigation of the tortuous path our food products take—from slaughter to Spam On the production line in American packing-houses, there is one cardinal rule: the chain never slows. Under pressure to increase supply, the supervisors of meat-processing plants have routinely accelerated the pace of conveyors, leading to inhumane conditions, increased accidents, and food of questionable, often dangerous quality. In The Chain, acclaimed journalist Ted Genoways uses the story of Hormel Foods and its most famous product, Spam—a recession-era staple—to probe the state of the meatpacking industry, including the expansion of agribusiness and the effects of immigrant labor on Middle America. Interviewing scores of line workers, union leaders, hog farmers, and local politicians and activists, Genoways reveals an industry pushed to its breaking point. Along the way, he exposes alarming new trends: sick or permanently disabled workers, abused animals, water and soil pollution, and mounting conflict between small towns and immigrant labor. The narrative moves across the heartland—from Minnesota, to witness the cut-and-kill operation; to Iowa, to observe breeding and farrowing in massive hog barns; to Nebraska, to see the tense town hall meetings and broken windows in reaction to the arrival of Hispanic workers; and back to Minnesota, where political refugees from Burma give the workforce the power it needs to fight back. A searching exposé in the tradition of Upton Sinclair, Rachel Carson, and Eric Schlosser, The Chain is a mesmerizing story and an urgent warning about the hidden costs of the food we eat.

Food Agriculture and Social Change

Food  Agriculture and Social Change Author Stephen Sherwood
ISBN-10 9781315440071
Year 2017-05-22
Pages 250
Language en
Publisher Taylor & Francis
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In recent years, food studies scholarship has tended to focus on a number of increasingly abstract, largely unquestioned concepts with regard to how capital, markets and states organize and operate. This has led to a gulf between public policy and people’s realities with food as experienced in homes and on the streets. Through grounded case studies in seven Latin American countries, this book explores how development and social change in food and agriculture are fundamentally experiential, contingent and unpredictable. In viewing development in food as a socio-political-material experience, the authors find new objects, intersubjectivities and associations. These reveal a multiplicity of processes, effects and affects largely absent in current academic literature and public policy debates. In their attention to the contingency and creativity found in households, neighbourhoods and social networks, as well as at the borders of human–nonhuman experience, the book explores how people diversely meet their food needs and passions while confronting the region’s most pressing social, health and environmental concerns.

Campesino a Campesino

Campesino a Campesino Author Eric Holt-Giménez
ISBN-10 0935028277
Year 2006
Pages 226
Language en
Publisher Food First Books
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Campesino a Campesino tells the inspiring story of a true grassroots movement: poor peasant farmers teaching one another how to protect their environment while still earning a living. The first book in English about the farmer-led sustainable agriculture movement in Latin America, Campesino a Campesino includes lots of first-person stories and commentary from the farmer-teachers, mixing personal accounts with detailed analysis of the political, socioeconomic, and ecological factors that galvanized the movement. Campesino farmer leading a farmer to farmer training session in Mexico by Eric Holt-GimenezMany years ago, author Eric Holt-Gim�nez was a volunteer trying to teach sustainable agriculture techniques in the dusty highlands of central Mexico, with little success. Near the end of his tenure, he invited a group of visiting Guatemalan farmers to teach a course in his village. What he saw was like nothing he had known. The Guatemalans used parables, stories, and humor to present agricultural improvement to their Mexican compadres as a logical outcome of clear thinking and compassion; love of farming, of family, of nature, and of community. Rather than try to convince the Mexicans of their innovations, they insisted they experiment new things on a small scale first to see how well they worked. And they saw themselves as students, respecting the Mexicans' deep, lifelong knowledge of their own particular land and climate. All they asked in return was that the Mexicans turn around and share their new knowledge with others--which they did. CAC campo3_photo by Food FirstThis exchange was typical of a grassroots movement called Campesino a Campesino, or Farmer to Farmer, which has grown up in southern Mexico and war-torn Central America over the last three decades. In the book Campesino a Campesino, Holt-Gim�nez writes the first history of the movement, describing the social, political, economic, and environmental circumstances that shape it. The voices and stories of dozens of farmers in the movement are captured, bringing to vivid life this hopeful story of peasant farmers helping one another to farm sustainably, protecting their land, their environment, and their families' future.

Ecological Principles of Agriculture

Ecological Principles of Agriculture Author Laura E. Powers
ISBN-10 0766806537
Year 2000
Pages 433
Language en
Publisher Delmar Pub
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Ecological Principles of Agriculture is a text for post-secondary students of agriculture and ecology. Its strength can be found in its versatility. Agricultural students with no prior coursework in ecology will find it invaluable as an introduction to ecological principles, while ecology students will gain insight into the practical application of these principles with respect to agriculture. This text will help readers understand the ecological processes inherent in any agricultural system as well as their implications in agricultural management. Without learning every type of agricultural practice (an impossible task), readers will come away with an understanding of how to apply these principles to agricultural design, management and problem-solving in very specific situations. ALSO AVAILABLE - INSTRUCTOR'S SUPPLEMENT: Instructor's Manual (ISBN# 0-7668-0654-5). Call Customer Support to Order.