Food Policy in the United States: An Introduction / Edition 1 available in Paperback
This book provides a broad introductory textbook on food policies in the United States. The chapters cover the agriculture sector, food and beverage manufacturing, food retail and restaurants, and federal food assistance programs for the poor, as well as US policy on international trade in food and food products.
While the tone is less polemical than other popular books, it is more lively and contemporary than traditional textbooks of agricultural and food economics. It assumes that the reader's concern is not just the economic interests of farmers, but also includes nutrition, sustainable agriculture, the environment and food security. The author gives accessible explanations of real-world data which remedy the temptation to over-generalize and thus maintains a clear focus on the most important industries and policies. No prior detailed knowledge of economics is assumed. An accompanying web site provides additional resources, including tabulated data and coloured maps. The author's well-known blog on US food policy will also provide a forum for discussion and debate of the issues set out in the book.
The author does not aim to promote a particular policy agenda, but does hope to influence the policy debate. He argues that if current policies were more widely understood beyond the small community of food policy experts, political support for reforms could increase. The goal of the book is therefore not only to provide a balanced textbook, but also to make US food policy more comprehensible to those outside the agri-food sector whose interests and aspirations have been ignored.
About the Author
Table of Contents
1. Making food policy in the United States
3. Food production and the environment
4. Food and agricultural trade
5. Food manufacturing
6. Food retailing and restaurants
7. Food safety
8. Dietary guidance and health
9. Food labeling and advertising
10. Hunger and food insecurity
11. Nutrition assistance programs for children
12. Looking forward
What People are Saying About This
"Food Policy in the United States is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how our food system really works or to take action to change it. Professor Wilde provides a tough but balanced and decidedly nonpartisan overview of the facts behind the full range of policy areas – among them agricultural support, safety, dietary guidance – that affect food production and consumption. If you want to join the food movement to improve the system, here’s how to find out where to start." – Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University and author of Food Politics
"More than ever before, those of us who care about U.S. nutrition policy recognize that we need to pay attention to a whole wide world of policy and economic issues – including farm policy, food manufacturing, supermarkets, anti-hunger programs and more. For my studentsand my colleaguesit can seem daunting! Without oversimplifying, Food Policy in the United States opens the doorway to these broader conversations and debates." – Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., Nutrition scientist, professor, and best-selling author of the Strong Women book series
"This is a very engaging book on the key issues of the food systems and policies today. The topics and material make excellent foundation for classroom discussion and learning. Parke Wilde asks provocative questions throughout that help to engage the reader and reinforce the importance of trying to understand the economic factors and policy process. I look forward to having this book available for students!" – Helen H. Jensen, professor of economics and head of the Food and Nutrition Policy Division at the Centre for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University
"Substance beyond many populist food politics-type books which have surged over the past decade distinguishes Dr. Wilde's contribution. His knowledgeable approach to underlying market (and government) failure which motivate the food policy topic of concern comes from his own background and experience in academia, government and working with NGOs. Occasional notes on advocacy come as a refreshing "so what" for the reader." – Neal Hooker, Professor of Food Policy in the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, Ohio State University