America's Food: What You Don't Know about What You Eat

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Overview

"Most of us have a fairly abstract understanding of what happens on a farm. In America's Food, Harvey Blatt gives us the specifics." After taking us on a tour of the American food system-not only the basic food groups but soil, grain farming, organic food, genetically modified food, food processing, and diet-Blatt reminds us that we aren't powerless. Once we know the facts about food in America, we can change things by the choices we make as consumers, as voters, and as ethical human beings.
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What People Are Saying

Vaclav Smil

"Comprehensive, informative, readable: a good primer on America's food supply and eating habits."--Vaclav Smil, Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba, and author of Energy in Nature and Society and Feeding the World

Brian Halweil

"An excellent primer on the food we eat today."--Brian Halweil,
Worldwatch Institute

Brian Halweil

"An excellent primer on the food we eat today."--Brian Halweil,
Worldwatch Institute

Vaclav Smil

"Comprehensive, informative, readable: a good primer on America's food supply and eating habits."--Vaclav Smil, Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba, and author of Energy in Nature and Society and Feeding the World

Vaclav Smil
"Comprehensive, informative, readable: a good primer on America's food supply and eating habits."—Vaclav Smil, Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba, and author of Energy in Nature and Society and Feeding the World
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"An excellent primer on the food we eat today." Brian Halweil ,Worldwatch Institute

"Comprehensive, informative, readable: a good primer on America's food supply and eating habits." Vaclav Smil , Distinguished Professor at the University ofManitoba, author of Energy in Nature and Society and Feeding the World

Brian Halweil
"An excellent primer on the food we eat today."—Brian Halweil, WorldwatchInstitute
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262026529
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Harvey Blatt is the author of America's Environmental Report Card: Are We Making theGrade? (MIT Press). He taught geology at the University of Houston and the University ofOklahoma for many years and is now Professor of Geology at the Institute of Earth Sciences at HebrewUniversity of Jerusalem.

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Table of Contents

1 Old MacDonald Has No Farm: He Dies, She Dies, Sold 1

2 Soil Character and Plant Growth: Nature's Magic 25

3 Grain Farming: The Basic Crop 49

4 Organic Food: As Nature Intended 65

5 Genetically Modified Food: Food Fights Among Adults 89

6 Chicken, Eggs, Turkey, and Duck: Fowl Weather 111

7 Cattle, Milk, Swine, and Sheep: Raising Cholesterol 133

8 Seafood: The Killing Fields 151

9 Fruits and Vegetables: Plants to Cherish 175

10 Food Processing: What Is This Stuff We're Eating 199

11 Eating Poorly and Too Much: Poor Health and Body Bloat 223

12 Conclusion 251

Notes 269

Additional Readings 323

Index 331

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