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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.

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'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.

‘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.

'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.

With spiralling food prices and spreading social unrest this is a timely guide to the instability of industrialized food systems. Wayne Roberts traces the history of food production and consumption, and shows that in a system dominated by supermarkets and agri-business real food choices are becoming harder to make.

This book asks all the right questions, and provides some of the answers, in a real, democratic debate about food. It shows how people and communities can take control from governments and corporations to organize themselves creatively to achieve ‘food sovereignty’ – a balanced, just and sustainable food system.

About the author: 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.

Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 180 x 110mm
Page extent: 192 pages
Publication date: September 2008
ISBN-13: 978-1-904456-96-4

Date added: August 7, 2010

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