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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (October 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 022609362X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226093628
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“If our industrial food system leaves you feeling a little queasy, Sarah Elton has just the medicine you need: a powerfully hopeful account of the gathering efforts to take down our ‘too-big-to-fail’ agribusiness empire and replace it with something that makes sense for our planet and our communities!”
(Bill McKibben, author of Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist)

“A terrific new book.”
(Michael Pollan @michaelpollan)

“The optimism that Sarah Elton shows about feeding the growing population of the world—which she anticipates will reach 9 billion by 2050—shines forth from every page of Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet.”
(Times Literary Supplement)

“Meticulously researched and carefully written. . . . An enlightening and worthy read. Highly recommended.”
(K. M. Monks, University of Idaho Choice)

About the Author

Sarah Elton is the author of Locavore: From Farmers’ Fields To Rooftop Gardens—How Canadians Are Changing the Way We Eat. She has written for publications such as the New York Times, Atlantic, Maclean’s, and Globe and Mail and is the food columnist for CBC Radio’s Here & Now. She lives in Toronto.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zoe Greenberg on March 3, 2014
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Consumed - Food for Finite Planet - is essential and stimulating reading. What could be more central to our wellbeing than the food we eat and the land we produce it on? With projected water shortages, dwindling biodiversity, and an exponential growth in agricultural oil dependency, it doesn't take much to see a horrifying crisis on the horizon. But those fears can seem so overheated, sitting down to a big meal at our tables in the first world; we know we're on the brink, but we're not certain - and would rather not imagine - that we'll be among the ones who'll suffer. Sarah Elton neatly shreds our illusions. Her tone is measured, sober, and bracing. Elton shines light on a series of issues that demand worldwide attention, and her observations are candidly direct. There will always be those who manipulate or dismiss these concerns, and it can be depressing to see how easily they displace responsibility. But I've come away from Elton's book invigorated with optimism. She depicts a number of examples of conscious confrontation - the women's agricultural cooperative in rural India - rooftop gardens in Queens - sustainable CSAs in China - many many others. In intelligent, evocative prose, Elton renders numerous examples of positive self-determination, people she sought out and actually listened to, and she shares their success stories and methods without hyperbole. I get so sick of talking heads who remain isolated from the subjects they comment on, always hedging their bets on where and how the system will collapse - while make sure to suggest how to profit off the chaos that will ensue. They maintain enough distance to ignore fundamental concerns, taking care to avoid discussing first principals and answer basic questions about their values.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lauren w on April 20, 2014
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Having just finished Consumed I applaud the author for painting such a clear and well researched picture of the current state of environmentally abusive farming practices. She sets the stage well for highlights of how small scale sustainable farming can, and must, change our food system.
This book is such a great resource for information on sustainable agriculture and how small growers can change the status quo. It's a call to action that shows how individual choices can bring about change.
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Great book, timely delivery.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Or it'd be 8 pages long. If you like feeling worried and adore books that are bad at math, history, and economics, this one is for you. I almost finished this book before deciding that a walk was a far better use of my time. It's well written, but ignores a LOT of inputs and cherry picks the rest to make the case. The plural of data is not anecdote and they shouldn't be treated as such.

Entertaining, but misleading. If you do not have a background in economics & ag however her arguments have a certain truthiness to them.
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