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Animal, Vegetable, Junk

Animal, Vegetable, Junk

A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal

eBook - 2021
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"Epic and engrossing." —The New York Times Book Review
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author and pioneering journalist, an expansive look at how history has been shaped by humanity's appetite for food, farmland, and the money behind it all—and how a better future is within reach.
The story of humankind is usually told as one of technological innovation and economic influence—of arrowheads and atomic bombs, settlers and stock markets. But behind it all, there is an even more fundamental driver: Food.

In Animal, Vegetable, Junk, trusted food authority Mark Bittman offers a panoramic view of how the frenzy for food has driven human history to some of its most catastrophic moments, from slavery and colonialism to famine and genocide—and to our current moment, wherein Big Food exacerbates climate change, plunders our planet, and sickens its people. Even still, Bittman refuses to concede that the battle is lost, pointing to activists, workers, and governments around the world who are choosing well-being over corporate greed and gluttony, and fighting to free society from Big Food's grip.

Sweeping, impassioned, and ultimately full of hope, Animal, Vegetable, Junk reveals not only how food has shaped our past, but also how we can transform it to reclaim our future.


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tjdickey
Mar 04, 2021

Bittman's tone can be acerbic and biting, and he wears his activist agenda aggressively on his sleeve (implying, for instance, that Stalin's genocidal policies of the 1930s intentional famines developed in emulation of America...?). However, the story he tells of the rise of industrialized farming and food production, of genetically modified seeds and ultra-processing of so many engineered and sugared food products, not to mention the influence throughout of the interests of the Cargills and John Deeres and General Mills, Krafts and Tysons, all of whom he shames by name - the story is literally distasteful and needs to be heard.

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