Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All

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PublicAffairs, 2012 - BUSINESS & ECONOMICS - 337 pages
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Our food system is broken, and it’s endangering what’s most precious to us: our environment, our health, our soil and water, and our future. In recent years, a host of books and films have compellingly documented the dangers. But advice on what to do about them largely begins and ends with the admonition to "eat local” or "eat organic.”

Longtime good food pioneer Oran Hesterman knows that we can’t fix the broken system simply by changing what’s on our own plates: the answer lies beyond the kitchen. In Fair Food he shares an inspiring and practical vision for changing not only what we eat, but how food is grown, packaged, delivered, marketed, and sold. He introduces people and organizations across the country who are already doing this work in a number of creative ways, and provides a wealth of practical information for readers who want to get more involved.

 

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Contents

The Environment
Diet and Health
Social Inequality
Equal Access to Healthy Food
Fair Access to Good Jobs and Healthy Working Conditions
Equitable Access to Water and Land
Integrating Crops and Livestock in Diverse Systems
Diversifying Crops and Customers
Sourcing Food with Public Funds
The Farm Bill
1 RESOURCES FOR CONSCIOUS CONSUMERS
2 URBAN AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMS
3 BUSINESS INCUBATORS AND RELATED RESOURCES
4 HUNGER FOOD SECURITY AND FOOD ACCESS
5 YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND FOOD SYSTEMS
6 EDUCATIONRESEARCH CENTERS AND PROGRAMS

Diverse Business Structures
The Role of Multiculturalism
Reducing the Chemical Load
Putting Cows Back on Grass
Alternatives to CAFOs
Sustainability Is for the Big Guys Too
Managing Around the Blind Spot
Locally Owned Retail
The Power of a Local Food Economy
Reimagining and Remodeling Food Supply Chains
In Your Kitchen and Community
Beyond the Kitchen
Making School Food Good Food
Engaging College Students and University Campuses
Can Health Care Institutions Make a Difference?
Food Policy Councils
Farmland Preservation
Innovative Economic Policies
7 FARMER TRAINING NETWORKS AND RESOURCES
8 INSTITUTIONAL PURCHASING
9 ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION
10 ACTIVIST NETWORKS
11 POLICY ADVOCACY NETWORKS
Our Broken Food System
Principles of a Fair Food System
From Conscious Consumer to Engaged Citizen
Introduction
The Problem Is   
A Fair Food System
Strength Through Diversity
Nurturing the Land That Feeds Us
Becoming a Fair Food Activist
Institutional Change
Shifting Public Policy
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About the author (2012)

Dr. Oran B. Hesterman is the president and CEO of Fair Food Network. For fifteen years he co-led the Integrated Farming Systems and Food and Society Programs for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. A native of Berkeley, California, and a former professor of agronomy at Michigan State University in East Lansing, he currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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