Feeding the Future: A review

We recently reviewed "Fueling the Future" and were impressed. We just finished reading its successor, Feeding the Future. Both books are developed as part of a remarkable multi-media extravaganza including Macleans Magazine and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Like all collections, some writers and subjects are more interesting than others. This treehugger was particularly taken with two of the essays.
Stewart Laidaw writes "saving Agriculture from itself"- a remarkably clear explanation about how the industrialization of farming and the so-called "green revolution" has come back to bite us. The most blatant example is how we make meat: "We have succeeded in industrializing the beef calf, transforming what once was a solar-powered ruminant into the very last thing we need- another fossil fuel machine"- quoting Bruce Pollan of the New York Times. Other examples, like the 5,000 kilometre head of lettuce are equally shocking. The author clearly makes the case that if the government subsidies to industrialized farming were directed to cleaning up the messes the green revolution left behind we would all be better off.

we also loved Frances and Anna Lappe's essay on "Diet for a Smaller Planet" who are revisiting the subject after writing "Diet for a Small Planet" 30 years ago. They point out that we do not have a food production crisis, the world produces more than enough food for us all to thrive. (if it did not, why would we pay farmers to grow corn for ethanol?) Instead we have a crisis of democracy- the ability of people to have a say in their own futures.

I dread using the cliche "food for thought" but it's true. ::Feeding the Future