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The Real Cost of Cheap Food 1st Edition

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"The title of this book somewhat undersells it by leading one to expect a now familiar critique of a dominant food system externalizing large proportions of its costs.  What Michael Carolan presents is a more fundamental challenge to how we define cheap, and how we understand food. [...] By avoiding either/or logic and setting cheap food in broad context, Michael Carolan encourages a more nuanced view, which can only result in more reasoned and hence more successful approaches to improving food systems" ~ Hannah Pitt, Agriculture and Human Values

'This is a terrific book about a hugely important subject - actually a whole raft of hugely important subjects. At its core is the global problem of food insecurity ... Although focusing on the US market, his scope is global, and he only uses the US as a case study to show that, looking at the biosphere as a whole, cheap food today may mean expensive food tomorrow.' – Alan Maryon-Davis, Public Health Today

'This is an engaging, brilliantly argued and very well-written text. It is among the best books about agri-food issues I've read in recent years. Its structure is logical, its arguments are coherent and practical, and it draws on a huge, diverse and up-to-date literature.' - Geoffrey Lawrence, Professor of Sociology, University of Queensland, Australia

'Michael Carolan’s book is an arresting account of the invisibilized costs of our food system. His comprehensive detailing of the political, cultural, ecological and health impacts of industrial food clearly reveals the artificial economy of pricing, demonstrating the multiple relations of food beyond its appearance as simply a commodity.' - Philip McMichael, Cornell University, US

'The Real Cost of Cheap Food is a must read for anyone truly interested in understanding our impaired food system and what we need to do to redesign it. As Carolan points out so brilliantly, the problem with cheap food isn't just about the "externalities" we ignore, but it lies at the heart of how our food system is designed and requires that we take a fresh, comprehensive look at the problems inherent in our globalized food system. Those problems include the poverty and the potential civic unrest and conflicts it foreshadows, its implications for human and environmental health, and what it all portends for community well-being and the need for cultural transformation. This is one of the most comprehensive treatments of this important issue available today and can serve as a guide for everyone interested in redesigning our food system for the decades ahead.' - Frederick Kirschenmann, Iowa State University, US

"Beyond its value as an introduction to a range of challenges, debates and policies, this book is a welcome exhortation to avoid the dualisms which too often dog writing on food politics. By avoiding either/or logic and setting cheap food in broad context, Michael Carolan encourages a more nuanced view, which can only result in more reasoned and hence more successful approaches to improving food systems."Hannah Pitt, Agriculture and Human Values

About the Author

Michael Carolan is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University, USA. He is the author or co-author of over 60 peer-reviewed articles in addition to several books, including 'Decentering Biotechnology', 'Embodied Food Politics', 'Reclaiming Food Security', The Sociology of Food and Agriculture', and 'Society and the Environment: Pragmatic Solutions to Ecological Issues'.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (September 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849713219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849713214
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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