What's Wrong With Our Food?
I was horrified by the little story we listened to yesterday by Bill Moyers-- the one about hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio comparing Americans to wildebeests being eaten alive by unregulated and ravenous
I lived for many years overseas. I could never figure out why when I bought a baguette, some tomatoes and cheese in France it was so much more delicious than the same components in America. Kaufman has the answer-- to that and much more important questions, like why we're producing more food than ever while starvation and malnutrition is worse than ever. Kaufman, unlike Dalio, is decidedly not a fan of greed. He wrote the book to explore why the food on our tables is getting less healthy and less delicious even as the world's biggest food companies and food scientists say things are better than ever.
To unravel this riddle, he moves down the supply chain like a detective solving a mystery, revealing a force at work that is larger than Monsanto, McDonalds or any of the other commonly cited culprits-- and far more shocking.
Kaufman's recent cover story for Harper's, "The Food Bubble-- How Wall Street Starved Millions And Got Away With It," provoked controversy throughout the food world, and led to appearances on the NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, Fox Business News, Democracy Now, and Bloomberg TV, along with features on National Public Radio and the BBC World Service.
• Visits the front lines of the food supply system and food politics as Kaufman visits farms, food science research labs, agribusiness giants, the United Nations, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and more
• Explains how food has been financialized and the powerful consequences of this change, including: the Arab Spring, started over rising food prices; farmers being put out of business; food scientists rushing to make easy-to-transport, homogenized ingredients instead of delicious foods
• Explains how the push for sustainability in food production is more likely to make everything worse, rather than better-- and how the rise of fast food is bad for us, but catastrophic for those who will never even see a McNugget or frozen pizza.