Food Fears: From Industrial to Sustainable Food Systems

Food Fears: From Industrial to Sustainable Food Systems

by Alison Blay-Palmer, Betsy Donald
ISBN-10:
0754672484
ISBN-13:
9780754672487
Pub. Date:
05/01/2008
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
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Overview

Food Fears: From Industrial to Sustainable Food Systems

The industrial food system of the West is increasingly perceived as problematic. The physical, social and intellectual distance between consumers and their food stems from a food system that privileges quantity and efficiency over quality, with an underlying assumption that food is a commodity, rather than a source of nourishment and pleasure. In the wake of various food and health scares, there is a growing demand from consumers to change the food they eat, which in turn acts as a catalyst for the industry to adapt and for alternative systems to evolve. Drawing on a wealth of empirical research into mainstream and alternative North American food systems,
this book discusses how sustainable, grass roots, local food systems offer a template for meaningful individual activism as a way to bring about change from the bottom up, while at the same time creating pressure for policy changes at all levels of government. This movement signals a shift away from market economy principles and reflects a desire to embody social and ecological values as the foundation for future growth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754672487
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Food fear: making connections, Alison Blay-Palmer and Betsy Donald; The industrial revolution of food; 'It's all about the sizzle'; Growing distances: the separation of farmers, ecologies and eaters; Translating fear: mad cows, killer carrots and industrial food; Eating organic in an age of insecurity, Betsy Donald and Alison Blay-Palmer; Manufacturing food fear, Alison Blay-Palmer and Betsy Donald; Creating mutual food systems; References; Index.

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