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By Andrew Heintzman, Evan Solomon, Eric Schlosser

The twenty first century seems to be ruled via significant worldwide crises: the shortage of meals and the disappearance of gas. via shortages and hovering bills, either have had harmful results at the atmosphere and either have undermined the worldwide economic system — most significantly, either will proceed to take action except quick motion is taken. This well timed and provocative choice of essays explores how and why those difficulties have constructed and what will be performed to solve them. Wide-ranging items by means of trenchant thinkers reminiscent of Thomas Homer-Dixon, Gordon Laird, Jeremy Rifkin, Ken Wiwa, Frances Moore Lappé, and Anna Lappé provide priceless suggestions to wrestle international famine and fast-food fats, company versions for secure and sustainable meals construction and tool resources, descriptions of rising applied sciences and sciences, a reexamination of nuclear energy, and lots more and plenty extra. either amazing for its intensity of concept and eminently readable, Food and Fuel offers cutting edge, useful suggestions for facing those pressing issues.

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There is a special kids’ section with games and information on where our food comes from, to build on the relationship between farmers and consumers — something that’s missing in supermarkets and factory farms. Customers’ children can even learn about the farmers’ children and their lives. “What they want you to know is that when you buy a quart of Organic Valley milk, you are supporting these farmers, those families and those kids that you visited on their web site,” Kirschenmann said. ” The co-op began in 1988 when farmer George Simeon (now Organic Valley’s CEO) and seven of his neighbours banded together in Wisconsin.

Even at their local grocery store — Kirschenmann and I browsed through one in Riverton while waiting for the local curling rink to open for our talk one night — most of the food is from far away. This, of course, is not unique to rural Manitoba, though one might reasonably expect a store surrounded by farms to have some fresh, local produce. Local food simply does not fit with the narrow definition of efficiency used by the grocery-store chains that dominate the retail food sector. For them, it makes more sense to source all their food centrally and then distribute it to their retail outlets, like the one in Riverton.

Two kilograms of corn are needed to produce one kilogram of chicken, while four kilograms of grain are needed to produce one kilogram of pork. 26 All we need to raise cattle is an open field and some sun. But the industrial model of livestock farming (keeping animals penned up and bringing food to them) only works if we feed the animals grains, since grains can be harvested and stored more easily. Those grains require an enormous amount of chemicals and fossil fuels to be grown, harvested, and delivered.

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