Encyclopedia of Organic, Sustainable, and Local Food

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Overview

The Encyclopedia of Organic, Sustainable, and Local Food pulls together a fascinating array of diverse, interdisciplinary topics to provide a thorough overview of our current alternative food system. With increasing attention focused on organic and local food, many people are attracted to these sustainable food choices. Yet despite its popularity, there are misconceptions and a general lack of understanding about organic and local food.

This encyclopedia illuminates social concerns, economic trends, policy influences, and ecological terms to provide a comprehensive overview. Contributions from expert authors from government agencies, research universities, and private organizations provide key information on each of these relevant topics. Eating is a basic human activity, yet many people do not know where their food comes from. This book helps readers fill the gap between the trendy and the factual.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"For students and general readers, Duram (geography and environmental resources, Southern Illinois U. Carbondale) offers an encyclopedia that contains about 140 entries by scholars, government experts, and activists on all aspects of organic food and farming, local food production and consumption, and sustainable food initiatives, including farmers markets, health issues, economic terms, organic big business, USDA organic standards, food labels, and organizations. Topics relate to activism, movements, and community aspects like animal welfare and vegetarian diets; agriculture subjects such as organic milk, bees, genetically engineered crops, pesticides, and water quality; animals, fish, and seafood; business and economic issues like cloning, fast food, and globalization; education; environmental issues; government agencies and policies; health; and theories and concepts like free trade."

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Reference & Research Book News

"This informative guide is recommended for academic and public libraries."

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Lawrence Looks at Books

"This important book encourages readers to look to the past as well as the future by getting involved in their local food community. A wonderful addition to a range of collections."

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Library Journal

"The encyclopedia is both easy to read and comprehend and well positioned costwise to compete in the public library market as well as providing great information for the undergraduate. Recommended for most libraries."

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Booklist

"Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."

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Choice

"Recommended for high school, public, and undergraduate library collections."

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Reference & User Services Quarterly

"… polished production, giving a good overview and taking a broad perspective to incorporate issues such as sustainability and local food."

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Reference Reviews

Library Journal
Global sales of organic products topped $23 billion in 2008 and have been growing 20 to 25 percent annually for the past decade. This volume features 150 fascinating A-to-Z entries on all aspects of organic food, from agriculture and farm worker's rights to the political ecology of food and organic wine. More than 30 photographs depict current themes in sustainable farming and organic and local food, appendixes provide report summaries and recommendations, and a bibliography lists key references for further follow-up. The encyclopedia provides a historic chronology of the years 1860–2009, with more than 40 evolutionary events and the people and organizations involved with organic and local food. Each entry includes the expertise of nearly 75 contributors in the field, which brings a diverse and interdisciplinary perspective to the social concerns, economic trends, policy influences, and ecological terms of the subject. Durham (geography & environmental resources, Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale) is conducting research on local food networks in Ireland. BOTTOM LINE This important book encourages readers to look to the past as well as the future by getting involved in their local food community. A wonderful addition to a range of collections.—Kathleen A. Welton, Chicago
Booklist

“The encyclopedia is both easy to read and comprehend.”—Booklist
Gastronomica - Theodore Rend Barton

"Duram's Encyclopedia of Organic, Sustainable, and Local Food is a valuable collection for the green food movement. . . . The potential readership is large, and the book is appropriate for anyone interested in where our food comes from and the challenges that face modern agriculture."—Theodore Rend Barton, Gastronomica
Gastronomica

"Duram's Encyclopedia of Organic, Sustainable, and Local Food is a valuable collection for the green food movement. . . . The potential readership is large, and the book is appropriate for anyone interested in where our food comes from and the challenges that face modern agriculture."—Theodore Rend Barton, Gastronomica

— Theodore Rend Barton

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313359637
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2009
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Leslie A. Duram is a professor and chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Resources at Southern Illinois University–Carbondale. She is the author of Good Growing: Why Organic Farming Works, available in a Bison Books edition, as well as numerous research articles.
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Table of Contents

Chronology

List of Entries

Topical List of Entries

The Encyclopedia 1

Appendix 1 Report and Recommendations on Organic Farming, 1980 389

Appendix 2 Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 395

Appendix 3 US. Organic Farming Emerges in the 1990s: Adoption of Certified Systems, 2001 417

Appendix 4 Recent Growth Patterns in the US. Organic Foods Market, 2002 421

Selected Bibliography 425

Index 441

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