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Solid research underpins Roberts' lucid, readable account of the modern food system and multifaceted efforts to transform it… a superb introduction.
Harriet Friedmann, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

Like the other No-Nonsense Guides in this series, this book is a terrific primer, and a must-read for anyone who wants to work towards a healthier and more equitable food system.
Community Food Centres Canada

Wayne Roberts really gets that you must have a diversified food system with the combination of local production, practical policy, and deep analysis. He gets the message out with a great sense of humor.
Will Allen, Growing Power Inc., Milwaukee

Anyone involved in the many positive and exciting food campaigns going on in the world today will be energised by this book.
Jeanette Longfield, Coordinator, Sustain: The Alliance for Better Food and Farming, UK

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In this era of global fear, Eduardo Galeano warns, one portion of humanity fears it will suffer from hunger, while others fear they will suffer from food. Millions of people suffer from a food price "crisis," even after the biggest harvest in history. Yet even those with money for all the food they could ever want still have to worry about the kind of poisons that come with their food. This timely and enlightening book offers effective remedies to such predicaments. To name the intolerable is itself an act of hope. The awareness Wayne Roberts creates will also stimulate action to overcome another predicament of our times: though we have all the technical means to cope with hunger, we still need to find the courage and social organization to deal with our own demons.
Gustavo Esteva, Zapatista advisor, negotiator and visionary

Wayne Roberts really gets that you must have a diversified food system with the combination of local production, practical policy, and deep analysis. He gets the message out with a great sense of humor.
Will Allen, Growing Power Inc., Milwaukee

This book is a flag of life against death which is the emblem of the big multinational food companies. I thank you for writing it in the name of those whose lives it will help to prolong.
Hugo Blanco, leader of the Campesino Confederation of Peru

As globalization obscures locality of ecosystems and communities with brands and logos, the best way to recognize our true nature and needs is food. Every bit of our nutrition was once alive and we incorporate the fractured carcasses of plants and animals into our own bodies. What species do we consume, where, how and by whom were they reared and harvested, what was the ecological footprint of the food? Books like this get us started in our thinking and our actions.
Dr David Suzuki, Science broadcaster, host of globally-syndicated The Nature of Things

[Roberts has] imbued this important book with wit, profound insights and also some lovely turns of phrase that make it, ultimately, a manifest of hope for food, which he sees as the "many-splendored asset" that it once was and can be again.
Joan Baxter, Rabble.ca

As globalization obscures locality of ecosystems and communities with brands and logos, the best way to recognize our true nature and needs is food. Every bit of our nutrition was once alive and we incorporate the fractured carcasses of plants and animals into our own bodies. What species do we consume, where, how and by whom were they reared and harvested, what was the ecological footprint of the food? Books like this get us started in our thinking and our actions.
Dr David Suzuki, Science broadcaster, host of globally-syndicated The Nature of Things

In this updated edition of The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food Wayne Roberts puts under the microscope a global food system that is under strain from climate change and from economic disaster. He shows how a world food system based on supermarkets and agribusiness corporations is unsustainable and looks at new models of producing healthy food from all over the world.

Wayne Roberts is a leading North American writer, activist and practitioner in community food security. Author and columnist for NOW Magazine, he’s on the board of the Community Food Security Coalition and Food Secure Canada, and coordinates the Toronto Food Policy Council, the most respected city food group in the world.

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What….A book on world hunger you just can’t put down? Yes, it’s true. Here it is – filled with mind-expanding surprises, startling insights, and personal stories that make you want more. They make you want to do more, not from guilt but from the passion of Wayne Roberts that is utterly contagious. I love this book.
Frances More Lappe, author of Diet for a Small Planet, founder of Food First

Anyone involved in the many positive and exciting food campaigns going on in the world today will be energised by this book.
Jeanette Longfield, Coordinator, Sustain: The Alliance for Better Food and Farming, UK

[Roberts has] imbued this important book with wit, profound insights and also some lovely turns of phrase that make it, ultimately, a manifest of hope for food, which he sees as the “many-splendored asset” that it once was and can be again.
Joan Baxter, Rabble.ca

This book is a flag of life against death which is the emblem of the big multinational food companies. I thank you for writing it in the name of those whose lives it will help to prolong.
Hugo Blanco, leader of the Campesino Confederation of Peru

ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-131-7
Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 180 mm x 110 mm
Page extent: 140
Publication date: September 2013

Date added: January 23, 2013

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