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Animal, vegetable, junk : a history of food, from sustainable to suicidal / Mark Bittman.

Bittman, Mark, (author.).

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The history of Homo sapiens is usually told as a story of technology or economics. But there is a more fundamental driver: food. How we hunted and gathered explains our emergence as a new species and our earliest technology; our first food systems, from fire to agriculture, tell where we settled and how civilizations expanded. The quest for food for growing populations drove exploration, colonialism, slavery, even capitalism. A century ago, food was industrialized. Since then, new styles of agriculture and food production have written a new chapter of human history, one that's driving both climate change and global health crises. Best-selling food authority Mark Bittman offers a panoramic view of the story and explains how we can rescue ourselves from the modern wrong turn. --Provided by publisher.
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  • ISBN: 9781328974624
  • Physical Description: xiv, 364 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021.

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-341) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The food-brain feedback loop -- Soil and civilization -- Agriculture goes global -- Creating famine -- The American way of farming -- The farm as factory -- Dust and depression -- Food and the brand -- Vitamania and "the farm problem" -- Soy, chicken, and cholesterol -- Force-feeding junk -- The so-called green revolution -- revolution -- The resistance -- Where we're at -- The way forward -- Conclusion: We are all eaters.
Summary, etc.:
The history of Homo sapiens is usually told as a story of technology or economics. But there is a more fundamental driver: food. How we hunted and gathered explains our emergence as a new species and our earliest technology; our first food systems, from fire to agriculture, tell where we settled and how civilizations expanded. The quest for food for growing populations drove exploration, colonialism, slavery, even capitalism. A century ago, food was industrialized. Since then, new styles of agriculture and food production have written a new chapter of human history, one that's driving both climate change and global health crises. Best-selling food authority Mark Bittman offers a panoramic view of the story and explains how we can rescue ourselves from the modern wrong turn. --Provided by publisher.
Subject: Food habits > United States > History.
Food habits > Environmental aspects > United States.
Agriculture > Social aspects > United States.
Agriculture > Environmental aspects > United States.

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