The local food movement is growing, but not as fast as the global food movement. The United States now imports twice as much food as it did a decade ago. What does this reliance on imported food mean for us, and for the people around the globe who produce our food?
Kelsey Timmerman, author of the acclaimed Where Am I Wearing?, decided to find out. He traveled around the world on a quest to meet and work alongside the farmers and fishermen who feed us.
He followed his Starbucks coffee to Colombia where he met farmers Starbucks didn't want him to meet, loaded lobster boats in Nicaragua for divers who have the world's deadliest job, discovered that slavery is alive and well in the cocoa industry of the Ivory Coast, shouldered loads of bananas with Costa Rican workers who longed for the good ol' days of banana farming, met apple farmers in Michigan fighting against a changing climate and the global economy, and apple farmers in China who were thrilled to have cornered the apple juice market.
In Where Am I Eating?, Timmerman explores the global food economy and the issues surrounding itincluding workers' and human rights, rural poverty, the loss of cultural and bio-diversity, climate change, and fair tradethrough the lives of the workers he met along the way. Timmerman argues neither for nor against the globalization of food, but personalizes the issue by observing the hope and opportunity, and the lack of both, which the global food economy gives to the world's poorest producers. Before you scoop your next batch of coffee into your French press, indulge in a mid-afternoon chocolate bar, or slice a banana, discover how each of your small choices has shaped the lives of a worker thousands of miles away.
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About the Author
KELSEY TIMMERMAN is a speaker and writer who lives inMuncie, Indiana. His works has been featured in The ChristianScience Monitor, U.S. News & World Report, NPR, and othermedia outlets around the world. Learn more atwww.KelseyTimmerman.com
Table of ContentsIntroduction: Our Global Connection ix
Part I Coffee: Product of Colombia 1
Chapter 1 The Starbucks Experience 3
Chapter 2 The Grande Gringo Picks Coffee 20
Chapter 3 The Cup of Excellence 30
Chapter 4 The Heart of the World 44
Part II Chocolate: Product of West Africa 61
Chapter 5 Solo Man 63
Chapter 6 Slavery and Freedom 91
Chapter 7 Is It Peace? 109
Part III Banana: Product of Costa Rica 121
Chapter 8 The Banana Worker’s Commute 123
Chapter 9 Banana Worker for the Day 132
Chapter 10 Nowhere to Go But Bananas 153
Part IV Lobster: Product of Nicaragua 165
Chapter 11 Life, Death, and Lobster 167
Chapter 12 The Lobster Trap 184
Chapter 13 The Future of Fish 190
Part V Apple Juice: Product of Michigan China 195
Chapter 14 No Apples 197
Chapter 15 Mr. Feng’s Apple Empire 214
Chapter 16 As American as Apple Juice Concentrate from China225
Part VI My Life: Product of USA 235
Chapter 17 Food as Faith 237
Chapter 18 Farmers No More 242
Chapter 19 Imagined Futures 252
Chapter 20 Decisions About Man and Land 257
Appendix A A Guide to Ethical Labels 269
Appendix B The Journey Continues 275
Appendix C A Guide to Going Glocal 277
Chapter Discussion Questions 285
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book. It sheds light on the global food economy through personal stories of the people who grow our food. It changes the way you think about what (or where) you are eating but doesn't pretend to have all of the solutions. Having grown up on a small dairy farm in Michigan I can relate to some of the stories and how hard my parents worked to make ends meet. If you enjoy adventure, touring, agriculture, and revelations about the corporations that most of us buy from, this is the book for you!