Food and Fuel: Solutions for the Future by Andrew Heintzman, Evan Solomon, Eric Schlosser

By Andrew Heintzman, Evan Solomon, Eric Schlosser

The twenty first century seems to be ruled by way of significant worldwide crises: the shortage of nutrition and the disappearance of gas. via shortages and hovering expenses, either have had damaging results at the surroundings and either have undermined the worldwide economic system — most significantly, either will proceed to take action until rapid motion is taken. This well timed and provocative choice of essays explores how and why those difficulties have constructed and what will be performed to solve them. Wide-ranging items by means of trenchant thinkers reminiscent of Thomas Homer-Dixon, Gordon Laird, Jeremy Rifkin, Ken Wiwa, Frances Moore Lappé, and Anna Lappé provide worthy options to wrestle worldwide famine and fast-food fats, company versions for secure and sustainable nutrients creation and tool resources, descriptions of rising applied sciences and sciences, a reexamination of nuclear energy, and masses extra. either amazing for its intensity of inspiration and eminently readable, Food and Fuel offers leading edge, sensible options for facing those pressing issues.

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Trying to put his menu together, Murphy, like Schmucker, spends hours every week making deals with individual farmers. By contrast, the manager of a nearby Friendly’s chain restaurant fills out one form online and sends it to a regional distribution centre in another state. “It takes me about five minutes,” says the manager, who did not want to be named. ”31 Halweil at the WorldWatch Institute says rebuilding the connection between farmers and local customers is key to establishing a viable alternative to industrial agriculture.

The essays in this book suggest new agricultural technologies and new business models. Some may prove important; others, a complete waste of time. You may agree with some of the arguments made in these pages, and vehemently disagree with others. All of them, however, present us with the opportunity to make choices. How we get our food today is by no means the only way to get it. Uniformity and conformity, a blind faith in science, a narrow measure of profit and loss, a demand for total, absolute control — these are the central values of the current food system.

He soon found that it was fairly easy to get local vegetables, though sometimes his menu had to be changed to reflect what was available. Meat, however, was more difficult. He managed to find farmers he could buy from, but processing the meat was another issue. The emergence of large food companies controlling the meat industry — four companies claim three-quarters of the North American meat market — had put small meat processors out of business. Murphy had no one to convert pigs into hams and bacon.

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