From Colin Sage's Environment and Food to Michael Carolan's The Real Cost of Cheap Food, here are a handful of new food books from the fall season that are worth checking out
It's the fall book season and the food books are pouring in. Here are five good ones, so recent that some have 2012 publication dates.
Michael Carolan, The Real Cost of Cheap Food, Earthscan 2011: The chapter titles, all of which start with Cheap Food, tell the story: Globalization and Development, Conflict, Hunger and Obesity, Meat, The Environment, But at What Price, Community and Culture, and Who Wins. The conclusion is Making Food Affordable. How? Eat less meat, don't grow food for fuel, support urban agriculture, and other such excellent ideas.
Colin Sage, Environment and Food, Routledge, 2012: A beautifully designed and well-written examination of every possible way in which food interacts with the environment. It focuses on global food systems and their challenges and what we need to do to make the systems more sustainable.
Per Pinstrup-Anderson P. and Derrill D. Watson II, Food Policy for Development Countries: The Role of Government in Global, National, and Local Food Systems, Cornell University Press, 2011: A serious look at how global food policies affect nutrition and health, poverty and food insecurity, and domestic markets, and the effects of all this on managing natural resources and climate change. The book ends with a chapter on ethical aspects of food systems: "Investments in national and international public goods, particularly infrastructure and agricultural research developed for smallholders, are critical elements in supporting pro-poor economic growth and achieving their human rights."