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The Grand Food Bargain: and the Mindless Drive for More Hardcover – March 26, 2019
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Hardcover : 344 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1610919475
- ISBN-13 : 978-1610919470
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Island Press (March 26, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #316,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fast forward to marriage, two children, and finding out that the youngest is allergic to the foods we eat. Young families don’t always eat "the best foods," they eat what they can afford. When child number three also had food allergies, my wife and I realized that we shouldn’t buy the foods we could afford, yet we couldn’t afford the kinds of foods our family needed. We had to figure out another way to raise our children and grow the food they needed. When our fifth and final child showed food allergies, we were ready and determined to move into self-sustaining farming. We scratched and clawed to get the money and purchased a small farm.
Our story is not unique, nor are the struggles we share with our health. I feel blessed that my family has been able to find a way to live on a small farm that not only helps us but now helps many other families as well. We must confront the problems we have with our food supply. I want to thank the author, Kevin Walker, for using his education, his professional experiences, his memories from youth, and most of all for following his heart to shed light on not only what we face but how it came to be. It’s not easy to know what path to take moving forward, until we know how we got here in the first place.
The picture is my oldest son who just turned fifteen. What impresses me most, is how in-tune he is to the problems with food, as well as others. Here he is reading The Grand Food Bargain. My son quoted from the book one day when the author talked about farmers in the past who said that farming takes $2 million to make $1 million. My son sees the financial effort and time it has taken to get us where we are at today. His question to me was "Dad are you trying to get us (his siblings) the $2 million?" I responded with a smile and said "yes so to speak, I may never see the fruits of this place like you will." He helps me remember how precious and capable our youth are and can be.
The elephant is definitely in the room. And Kevin Walker has called it out front and center. He and the cause have our support. May we be ever vigilant in our efforts to educate ourselves, our families and friends to get out of this self-inflicted food mess. If there was ever a book to express the past and needs for future food, this is it. The author gave me clarity and resolve for what my family is doing. I thought I was just doing this small farm "thing" for my family. I did not realize the broader impact we are having.
Walker’s expertise and well documented book left me knowing that I have an individual choice in my consumption and a moral duty to help bring about positive change in the world of nutrition to all those in my sphere of influence.
Drawing from a personal lifetime rich of histories and experiences, beautifully written, picturing amazing contrasts between what he has seen and lived in other countries and in the US, Kevin Walker delivers a powerful message to all of us: can we perpetuate modern systems of food production, based on limited resources, which provoke such tremendous environmental damage?
I am a European citizen and consumer. Despite some differences of scale, modern food production systems have similarly hit Europe long ago. With similar impacts. In other words, this is a Universal book. While I was reading it, a question inevitably came to my mind “what can I do to help change things?”. Towards the end, the author offers: “Start with a greater awareness, followed by appreciation and then greater understanding." His book helps us see the changes needed for a viable future. Great read and no, it's not "just" about Food!
Whoever thought more food could be a curse to society? Whoever knew that we, consumers, handed over our role as driving the food system simply because we wanted more food? Whoever thought that instead of leaving our grandchildren with more food, we were leaving them with unwanted consequences.
This book left me with a lot to think about. Easy read, great stories! Just ordered 4 books to share!