This Saturday, join Food & Water Watch’s Executive Director Wenonah Hauter for a conversation about the true value of food as she introduces her new book, Foodopoly.
Saturday, July 27th, 5pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore
1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA
Foodopoly looks at the growing concentration of power over our food system by a handful of mega-corporations, and the coinciding disempowerment of small farmers around the country. Fixing our food system will require a complete structural shift, a grassroots movement to reshape our food system from seed to table — a change that is about politics, not just personal choice. Get the latest on food policy from one of the leading experts and activists in the field, and learn what you can do to help fix our broken system and ensure access to safe, healthy foods.
After the discussion, Wenonah will be available to sign copies of the book for anyone in attendance.
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“In a meticulously researched tour de force, Hauter, the executive director of Food & Water Watch, examines the pernicious effects of consolidation in every sector of the food industry. Not only has deregulation and the weakening of antitrust laws led to a significant reduction of competition, it has failed to allow the consumer to benefit from the economies of scale achieved by larger production facilities. More dangerous for our democracy, Hauter argues, the surviving firms have used their wealth to capture the political system in order to rewrite the regulations for their benefit. They have persuaded governments to subsidize their irrigation costs with publicly funded water projects; successfully pushed for the enactment of the Cuban sugar tariff, which directly led to high-fructose corn syrup becoming the sweetener of choice; and weakened oversight by federal bureaucracies, preventing the FDA from testing meat for contamination before and during processing. In fact, Hauter suggests, the FDA is no longer capable of enforcing its regulations at all and must resort to persuasion and, at times, begging.” — Publishers Weekly
“A shocking and powerful reminder of the distance between our image of the family farmer and the corporate agribusiness reality. Make sure you read it before dinner.” —Bill McKibben, author of Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet