Food Citizenship: Food System Advocates in an Era of Distrust

ISBN : 9780190871819

Ray A. Goldberg
344 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Aug 2018
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The global food system is the largest segment of the world's economy. As agribusiness-studies pioneer Ray Goldberg suggests, it is also the largest health system on the planet. And it is changing fast. Its size and importance to human, environmental, and economic health means that no system is viewed with as much suspicion by so many people around the globe. Changing societal expectations and scientific and medical advances have made the drivers of the food system-the world's food citizens-realize they must take more responsibility for society's nutritional needs, economic development, and the health of the environment. Goldberg argues that the traditionally commodity-oriented, bargaining relationship between segments of the food system has become win-win, collaborative, and characterized by public and private partnerships. Those who are responding to society's needs are succeeding; those who are not are losing out. The food system's greatest growth area is the developing world, where millions of small-scale producers, workers, and impoverished consumers need help to become part of the commercial food system. In this book, Ray Goldberg interviews the change makers of today's food system: leaders and constructive critics in government, private industry, nonprofits, and academia who provide a panoramic and in-depth look at a revolution in progress.


Chapter 1: Health and Nutrition
Chapter 2: Food Safety and Food Fraud
Chapter 3: Creating Shared Value
Chapter 4: Technology - Coding Life
Chapter 5: Farm Labor
Chapter 6: Large Scale Farming
Chapter 7: Small Scale Farming and Economic Development
Chapter 8: The Importance of China
Chapter 9: Creating a Fair and Responsive Food System
Chapter 10: Future Trends and the Impact on Global Food System
Appendix: Case Studies by Ray A. Goldberg Related to Interviews in this Book
List of Interviewees

About the author: 

Ray A. Goldberg is the George M. Moffett Professor of Agriculture and Business, Emeritus at Harvard University. He is the pioneer of the field of agribusiness, and for 60 years he has studied the people and firms who are making a difference around the food system.

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