I would recommend this to everyone. Jun 12, Nicholas Miller rated it did not like it. It's like reading a book of very biased opinions and statistics. It is not presented well or enjoyable to read. May 06, Rivera Sun rated it it was amazing. I highly recommend Foodopoly to everyone who is passionate about American food, health, and life! This book is more than just 'food for thought'.
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It is grist for the mill of your mind and fuel for your courageous activism. Foodopoly will make your gut wrench and your heart stop. It ultimately leaves you with the call to action: As we know, the personal is political Wenonah Hauter's long history of food act I highly recommend Foodopoly to everyone who is passionate about American food, health, and life! Wenonah Hauter's long history of food activism is evident as she explores everything from the trends of Farm Bills to meat-packing plant labor policies to the health and environmental impacts of our food supply.
Foodopoly is her charge to all of us to not only vote with our dollar, but also to get our tax dollars out of the monopolized, privatized, chemicalized corporate food system by pushing for a food revolution on the political level. In this thorough and thought-provoking book, Wenonah Hauter delves into the vast intricacies of food in America, focusing on the political and economic policies that underpin it.
Foodopoly is an informative, eye-opening read that will make you pause and think. Kudos to Wenonah Hauter for writing this very timely and important book! May 02, Loraine rated it really liked it. Hauter also cares deeply about the future of our food, our agricultural land, and our future. The battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America she breaks down the complex nature of our food system and the issue of consolidated power. Vertical integration of delivery systems from field to table, she offers a political history of how big business took over agriculture, consolidated control over the production of factory food, and did so with the help of federal agencies like USDA and the FDA, just to name two.
It's a documentation of the collusion between business and regulatory agencies, via the lobbyists' revolving door. Hauter is concerned about fairness. She's concerned about how the food we eat is raised--factory farms are horrible entities. Animals are treated inhumanely. Their wastes pollute the land. Routine use of antibiotics on these animals in filthy, crowded conditions are putting us all at risk--as bacteria that make us humans ill are becoming resistant to the drugs. Hauter is concerned about a sustainable agriculture. After describing how our food production system became what it is today, she offers a way to make agriculture sustainable, moral, and healthy.
Would that her words are heeded. Jul 11, Emily rated it it was amazing. I was surprised by how much I learned reading this book full disclosure: However, this book is flawlessly researched and many chapters are totally gripping. Not only is this book a wealth of information about the food system that I will turn to in both personal and professional lives, but it's actually an inspiring read.
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It easily could have been a depressing book that simply made people afraid to eat again, but that's not the case I was surprised by how much I learned reading this book full disclosure: It easily could have been a depressing book that simply made people afraid to eat again, but that's not the case. As a organic farmer who runs a CSA, I think it's clear that Hauter grasps the importance of local, sustainable food but has seen from her own experience that there are hard limits to how buying at the farmers market or purchasing organic produce can change the food system. This book is informed by her experience, but it's also a fascinating in lesson in public policy over the last several decades.
It goes without saying that this book is political, but it is also empowering. As a side note, I was particular wowed and terrified by the chapter on nanotechnology as a field that's almost entirely unregulated. It's impossible to read this book without feeling outraged and I hope this leads more people to engage with food as a political issue. Apr 21, Vincent rated it really liked it. Wenonah Hauter has put together an amazing explanation of the American food industry - maybe one should say food industrial complex - but you cannot leave out the government - more anacronyms than FDR used in the new deal between the government agencies, the industry associations, the farm activists and coop associations and groups.
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It shows how un in control we are of our food and how we are not even aware. It is scary to see how many insidious actions and hidden groups and agendas are working a Wenonah Hauter has put together an amazing explanation of the American food industry - maybe one should say food industrial complex - but you cannot leave out the government - more anacronyms than FDR used in the new deal between the government agencies, the industry associations, the farm activists and coop associations and groups.
It is scary to see how many insidious actions and hidden groups and agendas are working and flourishing. It shows how what seems a benefit has unexposed costs in money, environment, health and quality as well as permitting monopolistic alliances. It is worth reading - it is timely and important as a new Farm Bill is winding its way through the congress.
I say don't buy an electronic edition - buy a hard copy you can share when you have finished. Oct 17, Joan rated it it was amazing. OK, if you want to be shocked, read this book. Our food system is broken, Hauter says. The big business of agriculture have control from farm to shelf and exert a great deal of political power. You'll read about arsenic in food additives, the pressure to deregulate the meat industry, genetically engineered foods and much more. She gives many ideas of what can be done at the local level to provide the best food for your family. This is a disturbing book.
See my full review at http: Jun 25, Patrick Tsai rated it liked it. This book sets out to explain an extremely complex and large topic. Haughter did a great job. However, due to the overlap in influence in many areas of the food system, chapters of the book feel repetitive.
I feel as though the book could have accomplished the same end in pages rather than I love the charts and infographics. I feel the call to action by regular citizens was lost in the explanation of the seemingly larger system we have little say in. Oct 12, Red rated it really liked it Shelves: Not an easy read, but very informative.follow url
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I felt, at turns, shocked, angry, puzzled, disillusioned, despairing, inspired. In our broken food system, as in so many other arenas, monopolistic mega corps with massive political influence put short-term profit ahead of all other considerations, to the detriment of the commons. It leaves me wondering if there is a healthy way to eat short of raising my own food.
Mar 01, Beth rated it really liked it. A book of excellent, if scary, information. Unfortunately it left me feeling more hopeless than anything else. Very little information given on how to help fix the state of affairs as they have been laid out in the book.
Everyone should read this just for the knowledge, but don't expect any paths to redemption. Jan 26, Karen Duvall rated it it was amazing. Wonderfully, eye opening experience. I recommend you read this if you are still shopping at Wal-mart or any of the big box companies. This book explains why it is so important to make choices that steer us away from these food-monoploies and to look to our local communities instead. Oct 10, Denise rated it really liked it Shelves: Ok so I am at the beginning of this one. For that matter, you may want to start growing all your own food or become really good friends with the local farmer in you neighborhood!!!!
Nov 23, Smai Fullerton rated it liked it Shelves: A good primer to food politics, but lacking in some of the persuasive appeal as other works. I will re-visit the notion that apathy's sole beneficiary is the system that creates apathy in the first place, so gracias author for that philosophical addition to my life. Jul 16, Barbara rated it it was ok Recommended to Barbara by: Basic problem is that I know this stuff and it is not written in a style that is anywhere near welcoming.
One that I believe in, mind you. Apr 05, Loretta Feller added it. Look out for Monsanto. Feb 21, Suzy rated it liked it Shelves: Pick up a copy and start reading - we'll meet in October to discuss. Jan 05, Christine rated it really liked it Recommends it for: By turns heartbreaking, infuriating, and inspiring, Foodopoly is required reading for anyone who wants to understand both the scale of the challenge in reclaiming our food system and the urgency for doing so.
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