Where Am I Eating An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy

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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 ...

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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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781118351154
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/22/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

KELSEY TIMMERMAN is a full-time speaker and writer and has spoken at more than seventy colleges and high schools about his first book, Where Am I Wearing?: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes. He has written for the Christian Science Monitor and has been interviewed by media outlets around the world, including U.S. News & World Report, LA Weekly, News Talk Radio (Ireland), the Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia), NPR's Talk of the Nation, FoxNews Radio, and the World Vision Report. Kelsey lives in Muncie, Indiana, with his wife and two children.

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Table of Contents

Part I Coffee: Product of Colombia 1

Chapter 1 The Starbucks Experience 3

Chapter 2 The Grande Gringo Picks Coffee 20

Chapter 3 The Cup of Excellence 30

Chapter 4 The Heart of the World 44

Part II Chocolate: Product of West Africa 61

Chapter 5 Solo Man 63

Chapter 6 Slavery and Freedom 91

Chapter 7 Is It Peace? 109

Part III Banana: Product of Costa Rica 121

Chapter 8 The Banana Worker’s Commute 123

Chapter 9 Banana Worker for the Day 132

Chapter 10 Nowhere to Go But Bananas 153

Part IV Lobster: Product of Nicaragua 165

Chapter 11 Life, Death, and Lobster 167

Chapter 12 The Lobster Trap 184

Chapter 13 The Future of Fish 190

Part V Apple Juice: Product of Michigan China 195

Chapter 14 No Apples 197

Chapter 15 Mr. Feng’s Apple Empire 214

Chapter 16 As American as Apple Juice Concentrate from China 225

Part VI My Life: Product of USA 235

Chapter 17 Food as Faith 237

Chapter 18 Farmers No More 242

Chapter 19 Imagined Futures 252

Chapter 20 Decisions About Man and Land 257

Appendix A A Guide to Ethical Labels 269

Appendix B The Journey Continues 275

Acknowledgments 277

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    I loved this book. It sheds light on the global food economy thr

    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!

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