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    James McWilliams ✓ 6 characters characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ James McWilliams PDF Just Food Let me begin this review by saying that the subtitle of this book – Where Locavores Get it Wrong – is a bit misleading Author James McWilliams isn't on a rampage against locavorism per se but rather against overly simplistic solutions to the incredibly complex problem of how to feed our planet's 7 billion and still growing population in a way that is truly environmentally sustainable McWilliams is a hist

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    characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ James McWilliams PDF Just Food It's a six year old book but still one that goes into a lot of science that many folks don't want to believe even when the science is pretty clear But there's good news which the author of Just Food writes about in Even the Critics Are Coming Around on GMOs And the article he links to about a tour of Monsanto Inside the C

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    read Just Food PDF Just Food characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ James McWilliams Just Foods is an important book in the continuing and continually escalating debate over how we should grow our food and what we should eat Environmental historian and reformed locavore James McWilliams invites us to think logically and dispassionately about some of the most important food issues of our time and of the future Having read two of McWilliams' previous books I expected a controversial detailed an

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    PDF Just Food A disclaimer I only made it through the first chapter I would like to try again when I have calmed down a bit As someone who relies on the people around us to eat locally grown organic produce I probably have uite

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    read Just Food James McWilliams ✓ 6 characters PDF Just Food McWilliams is an excellent researcher He has some very worthwhile ideas And he seems to have a genuinely balanced perspective As unconventional as it is in our increasingly polarized society he swims against the current of schismogenesis and attempts to actually discuss and raise awareness of agricultural issues rather tha

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    read Just Food PDF Just Food characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ James McWilliams To start the blurb Everyone who has read up on their Michael Pollan should also read Just Food is misleading While it is true that I think Just Food is an important read it by no means is a counter argument against everything Pollan has written; in fact it agrees with some of Pollan's ideas That being said The first half of the book I regretted ever picking it up I found myself on the receiving end of a repetitive lecture about th

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    read Just Food PDF Just Food James McWilliams ✓ 6 characters 35 stars because I'd give it 4 stars for general information and 3 stars for readability McWilliams is passionate about his subject global environmental agriculture and the ways in which we in our limited local spheres can help to enact better sustainable global practices and he is often highly informative opinionated and mostly convincing He traces his own journey from committed locavore to someone aware and better educated about actual

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    read Just Food PDF Just Food this book was good i thought about giving it 4 stars but could not bring my self to overlook the fact that he never thought to uest

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    characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ James McWilliams James McWilliams ✓ 6 characters read Just Food This is clearly an important book and the star rating system doesn't really do justice to it So if you're wondering whether to read

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characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ James McWilliams James McWilliams ✓ 6 characters read Just Food Oes for fresh food what Fast Food Nation Houghton Mifflin 2001 did for fast food challenging conventional views and cutting through layers of myth and misinformation For instance an imported tomato is energy efficient than a local green. McWilliams is an excellent researcher He has some very worthwhile ideas And he seems to have a genuinely balanced perspective As unconventional as it is in our increasingly polarized society he swims against the current of schismogenesis and attempts to actually discuss and raise awareness of agricultural issues rather than preaching to one of two choirs who mostly scream at one another when they interact at all It s really a shame that the book is so astoundingly boringMaybe that s not fair but it s hard not to grade on a curve when The Omnivore s Dilemma and Fast Food Nation and the like are out there Those books raise important discussions about food production in modern society and this is key they are extremely entertaining to read This one isn t It just might be the Wuthering Heights of the non fiction world If you think that s a compliment then by all means read this If Emily Bronte doesn t put you to sleep maybe you can stay up all night reading the same initially interesting point made over and over rephrased in slightly different ways and backed up with far numerous and detailed examples than necessary for you to get the basic gist Again I applaud McWilliams for his willingness to take positions unpopular with one group or another Throughout the book he makes points that would irritate ranchers carnivores vegans locavores factory farmers anti GMO activists commercial fishermen organic farmers pesticide manufacturers farmers markets and just about anyone whose lifestyle involves some form of eating So pretty much everybody except those meth addicts down the street He s clearly not out to win a popularity contest I might not agree with all his ideas but I can respect his intellectual integrity and honesty a rare thing these days One thing I cannot do however is stay awake while reading his book There is definitely some food for thought here but someone slipped a sleeping pill in it

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characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ James McWilliams James McWilliams ✓ 6 characters read Just Food House grown tomato And farm raised freshwater fish may soon be the most sustainable source of protein Informative and surprising JUST FOOD tells us how to decide what to eat and how our choices can help save the planet and feed the worl. 35 stars because I d give it 4 stars for general information and 3 stars for readability McWilliams is passionate about his subject global environmental agriculture and the ways in which we in our limited local spheres can help to enact better sustainable global practices and he is often highly informative opinionated and mostly convincing He traces his own journey from committed locavore to someone aware and better educated about actual environmental costs associated with producing and distributing food at mass scales His chapter on food miles what it really means to distribute produce and what the real environmental costs are is a must read I also found his chapters on organic food and auaculture very intriguingThis is a thoroughly researched well sourced and intensive look into modern agriculture and what foodies and smart consumers need to know about it to make informed decisions not nearly as obvious or facile as one might think It s not an easy or a particularly fun read but it is informative and if you have any interest at all in the subject I think it s worth your time and attentionPS I hope y all really like carp because it s what we re going to be eating as animal protein for most of the foreseeable future

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characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ James McWilliams James McWilliams ✓ 6 characters read Just Food We suffer today from food anxiety bombarded as we are with confusing messages about how to eat an ethical diet Should we eat locally Is organic really better for the environment Can genetically modified foods be good for you JUST FOOD d. Just Foods is an important book in the continuing and continually escalating debate over how we should grow our food and what we should eat Environmental historian and reformed locavore James McWilliams invites us to think logically and dispassionately about some of the most important food issues of our time and of the future Having read two of McWilliams previous books I expected a controversial detailed and well documented discussion I wasn t disappointed In summary McWilliams argues 1 that global food production is fuel efficient and economically necessary for developing countries that need export markets than is local food productionconsumption locovorism 2 that organic farming is no healthy for people and for the land than is wisely practiced conventional agriculture 3 that genetically modified crops in the right hands are not to be feared and are in fact necessary to feed the ten billions of people who will live on this planet by 2050 4 that we must drastically reduce our production and consumption of meat animals and non farmed fish 5 and that we must get rid of perverse subsidies that undercut fair trade Informed readers will likely find themselves in near total agreement with McWilliams last two points Factory farmed beef consumes 33 calories of fossil fuel for every food calorie produced as well as creating huge amounts of air soil and water pollution and on the other end causing serious health problems in those who over consume Other animals including range farmed animals may be less damaging to the environment and to their consumers but still reuire by a 3 to 1 ratio energy to produce than they offer in return Wild fish stocks have been harvested to the brink of extinction and ecologically sensitive fish farming may be our only alternative short of giving up fish altogether Many readers may agree with McWilliams that conscientious eaters must radically reduce current rates of consumption of meat and wild fish if the world s ecosystems are to be saved Many will also agree that an end must be put to wasteful government incentives such as corn subsidies But those same informed readers will find much to argue with in this book for McWilliams overlooks several hugely important problems elephants in the garden As I see them here they are The first elephant fossil fuel depletion While I am sympathetic to McWilliams arguments that we need to be sensible about food miles and make effort to save energy in food selection and preparation I feel that he has overlooked one of the most important argument against continuing andor increasing our dependency on global food markets and conventional fossil fueled agriculture that over the next decade or two oil will become so expensive that food will no longer be shipped halfway around the world Conventional farming with its reliance on fossil fueled euipment fertilizers and insecticide is not viable in the long term Even the conservative International Energy Agency IEA now says that peak oil is likely to arrive by 2020 and bring with it skyrocketing fuel costs Whether we like it or not when the price of a gallon of gasoline hits double digits shortening the food miles from farm to fork may be a necessity Indeed many of us may be eating out of our front yard gardens raising chickens in the back and purchasing shares in a neighborhood milk goat Don t laugh It s possible A second elephant I would like to accept McWilliams argument that we must make a kind of peace with biotechnology and that genetically modified crops may be important when it comes to feeding fast growing human populations across the globe populations that he says are on track to exceed the carrying capacity of the planet We need the promise of higher yields drought tolerance and pest resistance But McWilliams brushes aside too easily the huge issues of gene contamination the failure of GM crops to reduce as promised pesticide use and their failure to produce the promised higher yields And since GM crops are conventionally farmed the challenge of energy depletion must be faced here too Still it is not the flawed promise of GM crops that will most concern readers It is the uestion of private ownership of the world s seeds McWilliams himself acknowledges that the only place for biotechnology is the public domain and that as long as the genes of the world s most important foods are owned and controlled by a handful of corporations intent on monopolizing patents in the interest of profit none of its benefits will be achieved But that is the elephant These technologies do not belong to the commons They are held by monopolistic private corporations And short of a revolution corporations will continue to hold them And as long as this is true biotechnology is a much greater threat than a promise to the food security of peoples around the world A third elephant Any book that presumes to point definitive directions for global agriculture absolutely must take into account the enormous cloud that looms on all horizons global warming and climate change McWilliams addresses this far too briefly Under changing climate conditions what kinds of foods will we be able to produce and where How are these changes likely to affect pests and crop destroying viruses Global warming fossil fuel depletion and privately owned crops are the huge elephants in the garden That these issues are not front and center in this book is a substantial disappointment As always I am grateful to James McWilliams for reuiring me to read carefully and think about his arguments While I read I scribbled in the margin made notes on the flyleaf and ticked off the sources I intend to investigate Just Food engaged me fully and completely not always comfortably but always productively The bottom line Just read Just Food Give yourself time to read this is not skim reading stuff and euip yourself with pencil and paper or your laptop Bring your own arguments to the table and measure them against the author s point by point And do plan to spend than a few hours reading and thinking and arguing with this book You will find that it is time well spent

  • Hardcover
  • 222
  • Just Food
  • James McWilliams
  • English
  • 01 August 2018
  • 9780316033749