- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Beacon Press; 1 edition (October 11, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807047376
- ISBN-13: 978-0807047378
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This book is a lively, personal journey through one man’s efforts to make sustainably grown food available and affordable for regular folks. It’s a heartening but realistic take on what needs to happen—emphasis on need! Bravo, Mark!”—Meryl Streep
“A good combination of solid research and affirmative testimonials.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Food Rebels tells the stories of unsung heroes in the food movement—everyday people who realized that they had the power to change the way food and farming work in their communities and in the world, and did something about it. With these stories, Mark Winne inspires us and challenges us to take a stand for good, clean, fair, and affordable food for all.” " —Josh Viertel, president of Slow Food USA
“It’s rare for a single voice to speak so clearly to the many points of our lives that are touched by food. Mark’s approach is simple, humble, truthful, eloquent, and powerful. With stories ranging from Native American communities to Korea, Mark’s work proves the global importance and impact of food.”—Michel Nischan, chef and president/CEO of Wholesome Wave
“Aside from having one the best book titles of the year, this is one tome you'll want to gobble up if you worry about the pernicious effects of the industrial food system on our health, democracy, and souls.” —Santa Fe Literary News
“To Santa Fe food activist Mark Winne, the food on our plates is about democracy. It's about having food choices — ones that Winne thinks industrial agriculture is systematically reducing.Whether it is the fight over genetically modified seeds or who benefits from the massive federal Farm Bill, Winne thinks this food fight is one all consumers need to join in... “—The Santa Fe New Mexican
“Mark Winne has been working in the galleys of the U.S. food movement for 40 years, before there was a food movement of any note. He’s a social movement guy as much as a foodie guy. The title of his new book –Food Rebels, Guerilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture — shows the role his warm and quirky sense of humor plays in allowing him to stay active in grassroots organizations for so long…”—www.wayneroberts.ca
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About the Author
For twenty-five years, Mark Winne was the executive director of the Hartford Food System in Hartford, Connecticut. He speaks and consults extensively on community food-system topics and has written for a wide range of publications, from the Washington Post, the Nation, and Boston Globe to Successful Farming. Winne is the author of Closing the Food Gap.
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Unfortunately, I didn't really feel that any part of the book effectively addressed the issues at hand and each topic was covered so briefly that it was impossible to get really get any meaty content or direction from the discussion. There were no how-to's or additional resources, should you be inspired to action yourself by one of the vignettes, and I felt uncomfortable with many of the undertones and asides. While the author is certainly entitled to his opinions about race, social justice and societal guilt, I didn't find them helpful or appropriate in the context of the subject at hand.
There was no new, particularly relevant and empowering information here. I didn't find anything in these pages that I haven't seen better and more usefully expressed elsewhere. I suggest skipping this one and picking something with a little more impact instead. Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories From the Local Food Front,Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World or The Unhealthy Truth: One Mother's Shocking Investigation into the Dangers of America's Food Supply-- and What Every Family Can Do to Protect Itself are all much better choices.
This book reminds the reader that the struggle for food justice is a personal one, which in my opinion is where it needs to begin. Deep conviction begins from within and then moves outward in a powerful and strategic way. Winne's book strengthens that fire within while offering options to the reader, as if to say, "Join us. There are so many possibilities of where to begin, but for goodness' sake, start somewhere!"
My favorite part of the book which I found to be very needed was the chapter on food sovereignty - the idea that every people group and nation has a right to feed its own people. Mark Winne expanded the reach of this book when he entered into the international and global food sovereignty debates. The truth of the matter is that we can garden all we want in our backyard and it is a beautiful symbol of our solidarity with nature, but that cannot be the end! We need to be making an impact from a local, national, and even global level. Unfortunately, this right is being taken away from the impoverished and put into the hands of the empowered. Our boundaries are far-reaching and we all need to open our eyes to what is going on IN our borders and BEYOND our borders. Globally-minded citizens that don't accept what is given to us without analysis and good judgment is what is called for at this time. Thank you Mark for living this out and encouraging others to do so.
This book is a MUST READ for the informed as well as anyone who is a bit uneasy about where their food comes from, why it is often tasteless at best, and why farms are being replaced with housing developments.Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin' Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture