America's broken food system has provoked an outcry from consumer advocates seeking to align food policies with public health objectives. This book examines both sides of the conflict for solutions.
• Traces the development of a national food policy proposed by food movement leaders
• Reveals the true cost of food and its toll on consumers and taxpayers
• Discusses the opposition against a national food policy from the agricultural-industrial complex
• Shows the effects of changing the current food system
• Analyzes efforts to fix the food system and the efforts to oppose them
• Introduces early food advocates who changed the food policy landscape
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About the Author
Steve Clapp has covered food policy in Washington, DC, for more than 40 years. Formerly, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in northern Nigeria and worked in the Office of Inspection in the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity.
Table of Contents
Foreword Marion Nestle vii
Part I A Broken Food System 1
Chapter 1 Toward a National Food Policy 3
Chapter 2 The Real Cost of Food 13
Chapter 3 The Unfinished Business of Food Safety 25
Chapter 4 Dietary Guidelines Become Fierce Battleground 43
Chapter 5 Marketing to Children in School and Out 57
Chapter 6 Hunger in a Wealthy Society 71
Part II Emergence of Consumer Advocates 81
Chapter 7 Landscape Shift in Food Advocacy 83
Chapter 8 Transforming the U.S. Agriculture Department 99
Chapter 9 Churches, Newspapers, and Universities Get Involved 113
Part III Problems Can Be Solved 127
Chapter 10 The End of Food as We Know It 129
Chapter 11 Some of the Worst jobs in America 141
Chapter 12 Treatment of Food Animals 151
Chapter 13 Food Advocacy Changes America 161
What People are Saying About This
"There is no better person to tell the long and not always encouraging story of how inextricably food and politics have been intertwined for decades."
"Steve Clapp has not only put together a how-to guide for eaters, farmers, and policymakers for fixing the broken food system, he's also given us a history of the modern food movement. He's documented the challenges, the obstacles and, most importantly, the solutions."
"Steve Clapp and I were colleagues in the War on Poverty in the 1960s. Moving from poverty into hunger and malnutrition, he looks at today's food policy crisis with more than four decades of experience."
"Want all Americans to get enough safe, nutritious food, with school lunches promoting children's health over junk food profits? If so, buy this book and launch your campaign."
"An up-to-the-minute tutorial and guide to the leading edge of thinking around one of the more pressing policy imperatives of our times. Clapp's journalistic instincts, expert knowledge, and insider access have produced a thoroughly documented, comprehensive, and balanced assessment of the issues, key protagonists, and contested ideas for fixing our food system."
"A must-read for all concerned with developing a national food policy to improve health, increase food security, and assure sustainability of the food supply."