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Foodopoly [electronic resource] : the battle over the future of food and farming in America /

by Hauter, Wenonah.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : [Jackson, TN] : New Press ; Distributed by Perseus Distribution, 2012Description: 1 online resource (xii, 355 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9781595587947 (electronic bk.); 1595587942 (electronic bk.).Other title: Battle over the future of food and farming in America.Subject(s): Food supply -- United States | Agricultural industries -- United States | Agriculture -- Economic aspects -- United States | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Agribusiness | TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Sustainable Agriculture | Electronic booksOnline resources: Click here to access title or place hold
Contents:
Pt. I. Farm and food policy run amok. Get those boys off the farm! -- pt. II. Consolidating every link in the food chain. The junk food pushers -- Walmarting the food chain -- pt. III. The produce and organics industries : putting profits before people. The green giant doesn't live in California anymore -- Organic food : the paradox -- pt. IV. Deregulating food safety. Poisoning people -- Animals on drugs -- pt. V. The story of factory farms. Cowboys versus meatpackers : the last roundup -- Hogging the profits -- Modern-day serfs -- Milking the system -- pt. VI. Corporate control of the gene pool : the theft of life. Life for sale : the birth of life science companies -- David versus Goliath -- The future of food : science fiction or nature? -- pt. VII. Building the political power to challenge the foodopoly. Eat and act your politics -- The way forward.
Summary: "Through meticulous research, Hauter presents a shocking account of how agricultural policy has been hijacked by lobbyists, driving out independent farmers and food processors in favor of the likes of Cargill, Tyson, Kraft, and ConAgra. She demonstrates how the impacts ripple far and wide, from economic stagnation in rural communities at home, to famines in poor countries overseas. In the end, Hauter illustrates how solving this crisis will require a complete structural shift, a grassroots movement to reshape our food system from seed to table, a change that is about politics, not just personal choice"--Provided by publisher.
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Pt. I. Farm and food policy run amok. Get those boys off the farm! -- pt. II. Consolidating every link in the food chain. The junk food pushers -- Walmarting the food chain -- pt. III. The produce and organics industries : putting profits before people. The green giant doesn't live in California anymore -- Organic food : the paradox -- pt. IV. Deregulating food safety. Poisoning people -- Animals on drugs -- pt. V. The story of factory farms. Cowboys versus meatpackers : the last roundup -- Hogging the profits -- Modern-day serfs -- Milking the system -- pt. VI. Corporate control of the gene pool : the theft of life. Life for sale : the birth of life science companies -- David versus Goliath -- The future of food : science fiction or nature? -- pt. VII. Building the political power to challenge the foodopoly. Eat and act your politics -- The way forward.

"Through meticulous research, Hauter presents a shocking account of how agricultural policy has been hijacked by lobbyists, driving out independent farmers and food processors in favor of the likes of Cargill, Tyson, Kraft, and ConAgra. She demonstrates how the impacts ripple far and wide, from economic stagnation in rural communities at home, to famines in poor countries overseas. In the end, Hauter illustrates how solving this crisis will require a complete structural shift, a grassroots movement to reshape our food system from seed to table, a change that is about politics, not just personal choice"--Provided by publisher.

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