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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1457517221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1457517228
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It makes the information interesting and credible.
Mark Gale
Helping busy women make sound, educated food choices they feel good about is one real accomplishment of her book.
Sarah Beth Aubrey
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who eats.
Stephany Dykshorn

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Gale on February 14, 2013
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The truly interesting thing about this book is that Michele worked so very hard to step beyond what you might expect as her point of view -- conventional agriculture -- to consider all perspectives. I had the privilege of seeing early drafts and was truly impressed with how the author brought in so many voices. Rather than just tell their stories, she uses a format that often allows individuals to speak for themselves. It makes the information interesting and credible. Pick up a copy. It will make you think.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ed Nicholson on April 8, 2013
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Michel Payne-Knoper has been at the forefront of fostering respectful discussion among those who produce food and those who make thoughtful decisions about buying and consuming it. As a family farmer herself, she understands the challenges, rewards and values of those who work on the farm. As a founder of the AgChat Foundation, she was early to recognize and effectively use online communication channels to connect farmers and consumers. This book is populated with interesting and compelling examples, collected from a diverse group of relationships she's nurtured from both producers and consumers.
Read this book if: You're a consumer, concerned and confused about what happens to food before it reaches your table. You're a farmer or food producer, frustrated by the discussion which frequently doesn't accurately reflect our own values and way of life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Kummer on February 14, 2013
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Michele Payne-Knoper has spent years advocating for truth in the food discussion. This book covers both sides of the ongoing discussion and helps cut through misinformation. Learn about the concerns people have about their food.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephany Dykshorn on February 14, 2013
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Great information and many perspectives. As a farm family, I was happy to see our story told accurately and appreciated Payn-Knoper representing all sides of the plate. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who eats.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Camille D. Ryan on May 6, 2013
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Agriculture and food production practices are often misunderstood by the public and maligned in the media. These days, misinformation regarding farming practice and food quality and safety can circulate like wildfire, fuelled by social media tools like Facebook and Twitter.

"No More Food Fights" is a unique book that offers the reader a way to navigate the `fever swamp' of propaganda by providing realistic insights into how food makes it to our plate. Author Michele Payn-Knoper challenges us to abandon the `food fights' in favor of balanced conversations that are approached with "curiosity, candor and civility." Through this book, she encourages us to celebrate our choices and to strive to engage in productive dialogue on the science behind agriculture, about what really happens on the farm, consumer perceptions of farming and food and everything in between.

The book has a really unique design where content is organized around the five senses (touch, sight, sound, smell, taste) along with one more - common sense. One side is aimed at the consumer perspective (chefs, healthcare professionals, foodies, dieticians, etc) while the `flip' side reveals the perspectives of farmers, ranchers and agri-business.

"No More Food Fights" covers the gamut from biotechnology to grain and livestock production practices to animal welfare to stewardship to fertilizers, pests and protecting the environment - all in an effort to highlight the high quality of North America's food and feed. It is an approachable book with insights from a variety of people and professionals who have firsthand experience including farmers, dieticians, food processors, physicians, food safety experts, veterinarians, consumers and scientists.

I see "No More Food Fights" as a call to action.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janet K Hoadley on April 27, 2013
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So often I hear people say "I just eat...I can't change agriculture." People who eat are the best ones to define agriculture - it's their choices every day that tell farmers what to grow!

At the same time, farmers often misunderstand what those "just eat" folks are saying. It's easy to get defensive and hard to back up and think everyone has food choices when those choices are opposed to what we do.

In "No More Food Fights" Michele Payn-Knoper seeks to unite these two factions in one easy to read book. It is double sided, with half the book directed at those in agriculture and half directed at those who, perhaps, "just eat". Don't make the mistake of thinking that only half the book applies...read the whole thing!

Many of those mentioned in these pages are folks I've met or gotten to know over the last several years because of social media. This shows the power of social media in action to allow not only a way to get information but a means to reach others who want information - and it's all free.

Communication can be frustrating sometimes. How do you know what questions to ask if you don't even know were to start? How do we listen better? How do we not take personally when someone makes a different choice than us? Where do those "just eat" folks that make up the majority of the population *find* accurate information? This book answers these questions and many more. It doesn't just tell you the answers - it shows you where to get answers to your questions in a much more diverse way, no matter what those questions are. It shows you how to find common ground where our emotional choices (food!) doesn't have to be an emotional battle zone. There shouldn't be division if we truly support food choices - including the choices that differ from ours.
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