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Where Am I Eating An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy
     

Where Am I Eating An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy

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by Kelsey Timmerman
 

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The local food movement is growing, but not as fast as the global food movement. The United States now imports twice as much food as it did a decade ago. What does this reliance on imported food mean for us, and for the people around the globe who produce our food?

Kelsey Timmerman, author of the acclaimed Where Am I Wearing?, decided to find out. He

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The local food movement is growing, but not as fast as the global food movement. The United States now imports twice as much food as it did a decade ago. What does this reliance on imported food mean for us, and for the people around the globe who produce our food?

Kelsey Timmerman, author of the acclaimed Where Am I Wearing?, decided to find out. He traveled around the world on a quest to meet and work alongside the farmers and fishermen who feed us.

He followed his Starbucks coffee to Colombia where he met farmers Starbucks didn't want him to meet, loaded lobster boats in Nicaragua for divers who have the world's deadliest job, discovered that slavery is alive and well in the cocoa industry of the Ivory Coast, shouldered loads of bananas with Costa Rican workers who longed for the good ol' days of banana farming, met apple farmers in Michigan fighting against a changing climate and the global economy, and apple farmers in China who were thrilled to have cornered the apple juice market.

In Where Am I Eating?, Timmerman explores the global food economy and the issues surrounding it—including workers' and human rights, rural poverty, the loss of cultural and bio-diversity, climate change, and fair trade—through the lives of the workers he met along the way. Timmerman argues neither for nor against the globalization of food, but personalizes the issue by observing the hope and opportunity, and the lack of both, which the global food economy gives to the world's poorest producers. Before you scoop your next batch of coffee into your French press, indulge in a mid-afternoon chocolate bar, or slice a banana, discover how each of your small choices has shaped the lives of a worker thousands of miles away.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118351154
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/22/2013
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

KELSEY TIMMERMAN is a speaker and writer who lives in Muncie, Indiana. His works has been featured in The Christian Science Monitor, U.S. News & World Report, NPR, and other media outlets around the world. Learn more at www.KelseyTimmerman.com

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Where Am I Eating An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JRRoper More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It sheds light on the global food economy through personal stories of the people who grow our food. It changes the way you think about what (or where) you are eating but doesn't pretend to have all of the solutions. Having grown up on a small dairy farm in Michigan I can relate to some of the stories and how hard my parents worked to make ends meet. If you enjoy adventure, touring, agriculture, and revelations about the corporations that most of us buy from, this is the book for you!