Fair Food by Oran B. Hesterman
Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All

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Our food system is broken, and it’s endangering what’s most precious to us: our environment, our health, our soil and water, and our future. In recent years, a host of books and films have compellingly documented the dangers. But advice on what to do about them largely begins and ends with the admonition to “eat local” or “eat organic.”

Longtime good food pioneer Oran Hesterman knows that we can’t fix the broken system simply by changing what’s on our own plates: the answer lies beyond the kitchen. In Fair Food he shares an inspiring and practical vision for changing not only what we eat, but how food is grown, packaged, delivered, marketed, and sold. He introduces people and organizations across the country who are already doing this work in a number of creative ways, and provides a wealth of practical information for readers who want to get more involved.


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Dr. Oran B. Hesterman is the president and CEO of Fair Food Network. For fifteen years he led the Integrated Farming Systems and Food and Society Programs for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, during which time he seeded the local food systems movement with over $200 million. A native of Berkeley, California, and a former professor of agronomy at Michigan State University in East Lansing, he currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Published June 5, 2012 by PublicAffairs. 338 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Hesterman urges much-needed change on the federal level, as well: “Moving from conscious consumers in our own homes to engaged citizens in our communities is the next step but…no matter how many of us decide to do this, the changes necessary to bring balance back into our food system will not hap...

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For example, citing a University of Michigan fact sheet, it says, “our food system consumes 10.3 calories of fossil fuel energy to produce 1.4 calories of food energy.” The author says this is a sign of a broken system, “not because the policies that created it were necessarily bad policies for t...

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Intended as a practical guide for community food activists who want to take the locavore movement across race, class, and city lines, this book illuminate ways in which consumers can become "engaged citizens."

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The president of the Fair Food Network writes about how people are working toward a just food system and lists resources to help others get started.

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