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About the Author
Bob Quinn is an organic farmer near Big Sandy, Montana, and a leading green businessman. He served on the first National Organic Standards Board, and has been recognized with the Montana Organic Association Lifetime of Service Award, The Organic Trade Association Organic Leadership Award, and Rodale Institute’s Organic Pioneer Award. His enterprises include the ancient grain business Kamut International and Montana’s first wind farm.
Liz Carlisle is a Lecturer in the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University. Her first book, Lentil Underground, won the Montana Book Award and the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature.
Table of Contents
Prologue by Liz Carlisle Introduction: Food on the Cheap
Chapter 1. Roots and Growth Chapter 2. Better Farming through Chemistry? Chapter 3. Beyond Commodities Chapter 4. Going Organic Chapter 5. King Tut’s Wheat Chapter 6. Growing Partners Chapter 7. A Cowboy in Europe Chapter 8. Creating a New Standard Chapter 9. The Value of Limits Chapter 10. Taste of Place Chapter 11. Recycling Energy Chapter 12. Bringing Rural Jobs Back Chapter 13. The Gluten Mystery Chapter 14. Food as Medicine Chapter 15. One Great Subject Chapter 16. Rejecting the Status Quo Chapter 17. Conclusion: A New Generation of Growers and Eaters Acknowledgments Notes Index
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A captivating story that provides an in-depth dive into the truth about our food system. Grain by Grain introduces powerful perspectives that challenge modern-day agricultural norms, emphasizing the necessity for farmers to adapt both regenerative and organic practices. Reading about Bob Quinn’s journeys, discoveries, and impacts unlocks a plethora of wisdom to be passed down for many generations to come. It is through his guidance and expert knowledge that we can begin to reshape the state of America’s broken food system. This book is an absolute must-read.
It's easy to forget where your food comes from, especially if you're an urban living city dweller like myself. It's easy to dismiss the idea that much of the food in your grocery stores, while cheap, is contributing to a food system that is not only broken but in need of a total revamp. Bob Quinn's Book, "Grain by Grain" is an amazing read about the broken food system, how food can be medicine, and how the choices we make today can change the system of tomorrow. I never thought I'd say that a book about farming is a page turner, but it's that and so much more! The writing is clear and accessible, but the concepts delivered through Bob and Liz's words speak to the height of any reader's intelligence. It's truly a book you can't put down. If you eat food, this book is for you. If you've ever wondered where your food comes from, this book is for you. And if you want to be an agent of change for the food for future generations, this book is a must read!
Grain by Grain changed completely my perspective about the food industry. It made me reflect on what got us here, and what are the steps we can take to protect our future, from the economic perspective to the health, and even the environmental standpoint. Grain by Grain touches upon real issues like the fact that we are paying a high cost for “cheap food” with our medical bills, or the deadly consequences of using pesticides in our food. It is also a story about hard work and a great commitment to humanity. Bob Quinn has become an inspiration to me and I really hope his book helps to create a different chapter in our story.
As someone who's familiar with Bob and his work and outlook, I was concerned his optimism and enthusiasm would get lost behind the issues being addressed. This was not the case. Grain by Grain is a positive, informative and logical call to change how we perceive our food and the people who grow it. Despite not being a farmer myself, I found myself agreeing with and relating to various points throughout the book. It was an enjoyable, motivational and thought-provoking read. I would recommend it to anyone who has questions about organic or the food we eat.