Blending history, reporting, and a deep understanding of American faming and food production, Foodopoly is the shocking and revealing account of the business behind the meat, vegetables, grains, and milk that most Americans eat every day, including some of our favorite and most respected organic and health–conscious brands. Hauter also pulls the curtain back from the little–understood but vital realm of agricultural policy, showing how it has been hijacked by lobbyists, driving out independent farmers and food processors in favor of the likes of Cargill, Tyson, Kraft, and ConAgra. Foodopoly demonstrates how the impacts ripple far and wide, from economic stagnation in rural communities at home to famines overseas. In the end, Hauter argues that solving this crisis will require a complete structural shift—a change that is about politics, not just personal choice.
Written with deep insight from one of America's most respected food activists, Foodopoly is today's essential guide for anyone who wants to reform our food system, from seed to table.
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Table of Contents
Part I Farm and Food Policy Run Amok 9
1 Get Those Boys Off the Farm! 11
Part II Consolidating Every Link in the Food Chain 39
2 The Junk Food Pushers 44
3 Walmarting the Food Chain 62
Part III The Produce and Organics Industries: Putting Profits Before People 79
4 The Green Giant Doesn't Live in California Anymore 81
5 Organic Food: The Paradox 98
Part IV Deregulating Food Safety 117
6 Poisoning People 119
7 Animals on Drugs 136
Part V The Story of Factory Farms 153
8 Cowboys Versus Meatpackers: The Last Roundup 155
9 Hogging the Profits 170
10 Modern-Day Serfs 191
11 Milking the System 211
Part VI Corporate Control of the Gene Pool: The Theft of Life 227
12 Life for Sale: The Birth of Life Science Companies 229
13 David Versus Goliath 243
14 The Future of Food: Science Fiction or Nature? 264
Part VII Building the Political Power to Challenge the Foodopoly 277
15 Eat and Act Your Politics 279
16 The Way Forward 287
What People are Saying About This
"From familiar ground such as the obesity epidemic and junk-food advertising, to the lesser-known yet important terrain of corporate supply chains and a largest-takes-all food infrastructure, Hauter provides bountiful evidence to buttress her deep working knowledge of the food system. . . . Foodopoly is politically bravenot just naming names in the agri-industrial complex, but pushing us to think more deeply about the politics and economics that dictate our diets beyond our own roles as shoppers and eaters."
San Francisco Chronicle
"A shocking and powerful reminder of the distance between our image of the family farmer and the corporate agribusiness reality. Make sure you read it before dinner."
Bill McKibben, author of Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
"Foodopoly is a meticulously documented account of how we have lost control of our food system, as well as a roadmap for taking it back. We must respond to this call to action."
Steve Gliessman, Professor Emeritus of Agroecology, UC-Santa Cruz
"Food is life. Today food and life are being hijacked by corporations seed by Monsanto, trade by Cargill and giant agribusiness, retail by Walmart. And our earth, our farmers, our health are being sacrificed to increase corporate profits and control over our food systems. This is the story Hauter tells in Foodopoly. This is a story we must hear in order to create food democracy and food freedom."
Dr. Vandana Shiva
"Wenonah Hauter knows where the bodies are buried beneath the amber waves of grain. This is a terrific primer on the corporate control of food in the US, and the actions of those who fight back. By turns heartbreaking, infuriating and inspiring, Foodopoly is required reading for anyone who wants to understand both the scale of the challenge in reclaiming our food system, and the urgency for doing so."
Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System
"This may be the most important book on the politics of food ever written in the US. Hauter doesn't buy the notion that we can buy our way to a healthy future. She puts the blame for our food crisis squarely where it belongs: on the political and agribusiness leaders who benefit from a corporate-dominated food system. Read this essential book and take action!"
Maude Barlow, author of Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Fight for the Right to Water
"Foodopoly makes a compelling case for how corporate consolidation and control of the food supply are at the root cause of a host of problems. Hauter is absolutely right that unless we break the stranglehold of corporate power with significant policy change, such as enforcing federal antitrust laws, the food movement will continue to have only marginal success."
Michele Simon, president of Eat Drink Politics and author of Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back
"A meticulously researched tour de force."
"We all know how Monopoly ends: one person corners Boardwalk and Park Place and the rest are screwed. Winner-take-all is fine for a board game, but disastrous, as Wenonah Hauter reveals in this important new book, when it comes to our food. In compelling prose, Hauter breaks down why the concentration of corporate power over food mattersand what we can do about it. Kudos to Hauter for this vital bookessential reading for anyone who wants safe food and clean water."
Anna Lappé, founder, Food Mythbusters and author, Diet for a Hot Planet
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book shows eactly what big Agriculture is up to and how we can work to stop them from poisioning us all...this is a well written book by and author who really knows the facts behind her writing... I reccomend this book to all who are interested in what they are eatingand want to stop GMO foods from coming to markets near you and getting them labelled so you can bypass them in the stores... I enjoyed reading it and was sorry when I had finished....