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Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution Paperback – February 21, 2012
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-BILL MCKIBBEN, Author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
"Today’s industrial food systems are unsustainable and harmful to communities all over the world. This insightful book delves deeply into the problems and solutions that will come to define food in the years ahead."
-CHEF MICHAEL SMITH, Author and Food Network (Canada) host
"It seems that all the slick, trendy publications, sites, and bloggers have recently discovered the idea of urban agriculture. As Cockrall-King points out, this is not a new movement at all. Quietly, many communities have encouraged growing food in the city as a way both to produce delicious, unprocessed food and to help foster an environmental awareness and ethos. This book is full of great examples and resources for city dwellers. After reading it you’ll want to round up your neighbors and start planting!"
-JOHN ASH, James Beard Award–winning author and chef
"At a time when most of us strive to reconnect with the source of our food, Cockrall-King delves straight to the root of our food systems, bringing to light the potential of small-scale urban agriculture to feed the masses. She makes a global issue seem manageable by citing actions of self-sufficiency—from community gardens to backyard bees, our collective steps toward sustainability are transforming our relationship with the food on our plates."
-JULIE VAN ROSENDAA, Cookbook author, TV host, and blogger at www.dinnerwithjulie.com
"Cockrall-King makes a compelling and inspiring case that small-scale, urban farming may be the key to fixing our broken industrialized food system."
-BARRY ESTABROOK, Author of Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit
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The author takes you all over the world with descriptive language that makes you feel like you are standing right along side her: places like London, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Paris, Vancouver, Cuba, to name a few.
She even goes a step further in reminding the reader how growing local food creates a sense of community, let alone how much healthier it is to eat home-grown.
The book begins with a history lesson on how our food became "industrialized" and the toll it is taking on our planet, and our bodies. (I may never shop in a super market again!)
I can't thank the author enough for writing such an informative, inspiring, and empowering book. My life (and my family) will never be the same again... And I mean that in the BEST WAY possible!
The book “Food in the City” by Jennifer Cockrall-King gives the reader a great summary and brings a unique perspective to how the world plans on feeding its people. Jennifer Cockrall-King takes the reader through 9 cities around the industrial world, giving the reader a history of previous urban agriculture efforts they have had and her own experience during her time in these cities. The book pays great respect to the sensitivity and difficulties faced in attempts to feed the world while understanding that the world cannot be fed off of just one idea, but from a collection of ideas. The author points out the various issues and the mismanagement that has lead the world to the circumstances it is currently. She highlights the fact that we have groceries stores filled with highly processed foods, where our food selection has been greatly diminished, and where we are ultimately facing greater pressures of feeding our population.
“Food in the City” portrays the world that has made unbelievable leaps and bounds to achieve a population of 7 billion people. Jennifer Cockrall-King does an excellent job of showing the reader how exactly different cultures contributed to the support of our growth through urban agriculture. She gives us personal stories and her experiences of visiting these areas of interest. Throughout the book, readers will understand the many factors that go into how urban agriculture became as successful in cities around the world, such as Paris where the government has supported numerous ideas from vineyards to bee hives. Readers will also learn about the importance of support from the community of Vancouver as the members of the community all contribute to urban farming.Read more ›
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Jennifer Cockrall-King is a Canadian food journalist. In this book she critiques the current state of our food and describes the current urban food agriculture as a response to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by P. Mulloy
Interesting book, got it in kindle format since daughter was in a hurry to do a homeworkPublished 15 months ago by Juan C
Ordered it for my class and it's fun. Interesting information. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know about food and where it comes from in our society.Published on January 21, 2014 by Nicky