Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food

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Bet the Farm A prominent food journalist follows the trail from Big Pizza to square tomatoes to exploding food prices to Wall Street, trying figure out why we can't all have healthy, delicious, affordable food In 2008, farmers grew enough to feed twice the world's population, yet more people starved than ever before--and most of them were farmers. Full description

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Praise for Bet the Farm "Kaufman makes a convincing and terrifying case that the same merchant bankers who destroyed our housing market—and economy—five years ago are at it again. This time their target is the world's food supply." —Barry Estabrook , author of Tomatoland "Frederick Kaufman's great skill as a writer is to know when to be an ing??nue and when an outraged critic in his journey through the international food system. In going toe-to-toe with everything from a runaway pizza machine to Bill Gates, he goes to the heart of a complex world and shares why you should be angry. That makes this the best kind of journalism—one from which no one emerges unscathed, nor any reader finishes unmoved." —Raj Patel , author of Stuffed and Starved "In Bet the Farm, Frederick Kaufman connects the dots between the food commodity markets and world hunger. Kaufman is a wonderfully entertaining writer, able to make the most arcane details of such matters as wheat futures crystal clear. Readers will be alternately amused and appalled by his accounts of relief agencies and the interventions of rich nations. This book is a must-read for anyone who cares about feeding the hungry in today's globalized food marketplace. It's on the reading list for my NYU classes." —Marion Nestle , author of Why Calories Count and Food Politics "'Eating is an agricultural act,' as Wendell Berry said, but Frederick Kaufman shows, undeniably, that it is an economic act as well. Bet the Farm describes a global food system that has made food and money indecipherable, where what we eat is determined not by the seasons, but by the ebb and flow of market forces. It's a compelling portrait of a system on the edge of crisis, and a necessary call for change." —Dan Barber , chef, author, and activist "Since time immemorial, the most important human question has been 'What (if anything) is for dinner?' This book explains how that question is being answered (badly) for our planet right now—the forces that are driving us to human and ecological despair." —Bill McKibben , author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet "This is more than a book about food. It's a book about how to revise our usual ways of thinking." —Olivier De Schutter , UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food "This story should have been on the front page of the New York Times." —Jami Floyd , Political Analyst, MSNBC

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A prominent food journalist follows the trail from Big Pizza to square tomatoes to exploding food prices to Wall Street, trying figure out why we can′t all have healthy, delicious, affordable food In 2008, farmers grew enough to feed twice the world′s population, yet more people starved than ever before—and most of them were farmers. In Bet the Farm , food writer Kaufman sets out to discover the connection between the global food system and why the food on our tables is getting less healthy and less delicious even as the the world′s biggest food companies and food scientists say things are better than ever. To unravel this riddle, he moves down the supply chain like a detective solving a mystery, revealing a force at work that is larger than Monsanto, McDonalds or any of the other commonly cited culprits—and far more shocking. Kaufman′s recent cover story for Harper′s , "The Food Bubble," provoked controversy throughout the food world, and led to appearances on the NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, Fox Business News, Democracy Now, and Bloomberg TV, along with features on National Public Radio and the BBC World Service. Visits the front lines of the food supply system and food politics as Kaufman visits farms, food science research labs, agribusiness giants, the United Nations, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and more Explains how food has been financialized and the powerful consequences of this change, including: the Arab Spring, started over rising food prices; farmers being put out of business; food scientists rushing to make easy–to–transport, homogenized ingredients instead of delicious foods Explains how the push for sustainability in food production is more likely to make everything worse, rather than better—and how the rise of fast food is bad for us, but catastrophic for those who will never even see a McNugget or frozen pizza

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