In an age of uncertainty about how climate change may affect the global food supply, industrial agribusiness promises to keep the world fed. Through the use of factory “farms,” genetic engineering, and the widespread application of chemicals, they put their trust in technology and ask consumers to put our trust in them. However, a look behind the curtain reveals practices that put our soil, water, and health at risk. What are the alternatives? And can they too feed the world?
The rapidly growing alternative food system is made up of people reclaiming their connections to their food and their health. A forty-year veteran of this movement, Mark Winne introduces us to innovative “local doers” leading the charge to bring nutritious, sustainable, and affordable food to all. Heeding Emerson’s call to embrace that great American virtue of self-reliance, these leaders in communities all across the country are defying the authority of the food conglomerates and taking matters into their own hands. They are turning urban wastelands into farms, creating local dairy collectives, preserving farmland, and refusing to use genetically modified seed. They are not only bringing food education to children in elementary schools, but also offering cooking classes to adults in diabetes-prone neighborhoods—and taking the message to college campuses as well. Such efforts promote food democracy and empower communities to create local food-policy councils, build a neighborhood grocery store in the midst of a food desert, or demand healthier school lunches for their kids. Winne’s hope is that all of these programs, scaled up and adopted more widely, will ultimately allow the alternative food system to dethrone the industrial.
Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin’ Mamas challenges us to go beyond eating local to become part of a larger solution, demanding a system that sustains body and soul.
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Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin' Mamas
The Industrial Food System
Ministry of Plenty or Department of Destruction?
While there can be little doubt that never have so few produced so much food for so many, such abundance has come at a high cost to the environment, human health, food and agricultural workers, farm animals, wildlife, and the social and economic fabric of many American communities. Of course, that harm has not occurred everywhere, or all the time. There are indeed many good, clean, and responsible operators within the system. But there can be little question now that grievous sins have been committed and that the threat to the future is genuine.
I don’t wish to restate the long litany of damage here—volumes on that subject already exist—but only to provide a few examples of how the industrial food system has worked its will on the planet and its people. The larger question we face is whether the industrial food system can reform itself. Should we give it a shot at redemption and hope that the positive examples of a few major food system players are indeed harbingers of a new paradigm? Even for those attempting to “get right with their Lord,” we still must ask if the spirit of the Grand Inquisitor is not close to their hearts.
Conventional and Factory Farming
Conventional agriculture (nonorganic and not making comprehensive use of sustainable farming practices) relies heavily on agricultural chemicals for fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. One class of pesticides, organophosphates, is made from chemicals derived from World War II–era nerve gases and can damage the mental and physical development of infants and children. Because...