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Book of the Month, June 2019 - Fast Food Nation

June 2019 – Fast Food Nation

The June AgBookClub pick, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser, is a self-proclaimed "exposé revealing how the fast food industry has altered the landscape of America, widened the gap between rich and poor, fueled and epidemic of obesity, and transformed food production throughout the world," and first published… Continue reading June 2019 – Fast Food Nation

Book of the Month, May 2019 - The Long Haul

May 2019 – The Long Haul

We talk a lot about growing food and we talk a lot about consuming food. But what about all of the stuff that happens in the middle? This month's AgBookClub pick, The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tails of Life on the Road, was selected in hopes of learning more about an industry closely connected to… Continue reading May 2019 – The Long Haul

Apr. 2019 - Tomorrow's Table, Book of the Month

April 2019 – Tomorrow’s Table

GMO vs. organic: Is one really better than the other? Or do consumers simply want to better understand how their food is grown? This month's selection, Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food, explores the purpose and concerns of organic farming and farming with GMOs, giving readers the tools to come to… Continue reading April 2019 – Tomorrow’s Table

Book of the Month, Feb./Mar. 2019 - The Omnivore's Dilemma

Feb./Mar. 2019 – The Omnivore’s Dilemma

What should we have for dinner? It's a question author Michael Pollan asked of his readers before diving into a discussion of food choices, using emotion to entice his audience and help them connect with their food in The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. Through his many books, Pollan has influenced the… Continue reading Feb./Mar. 2019 – The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Book of the Month, Jan. 2019 - J.C. Penney

Jan. 2019 – J.C. Penney

You know J.C. Penney as a department store, anchoring many a suburban shopping mall, one of several giant retailers feeling the squeeze from the likes of Amazon. Penney's today seems no more rural than Target or Macy's - but it wasn't always this way. In J.C. Penney: The man, the store, and American agriculture, David… Continue reading Jan. 2019 – J.C. Penney

Book of the Month, Nov./Dec. 2018 - Seeds of Science

November/December 2018 – Seeds of Science

You voted! Our November/December 2018 AgBookClub pick is Seeds of Science: Why We Got It So Wrong on GMOs by Mark Lynas. Lynas, who formerly opposed GMOs, admitted in 2013 that he had it all wrong. This book outlines GMO technology, why he previously questioned GMOs, and why he thinks genetic modification has a future… Continue reading November/December 2018 – Seeds of Science

Book of the Month, Oct. 2018 - In Meat We Trust

October 2018 – In Meat We Trust

Meat is no longer just a luxury item, but a staple in our diets here in North America. In Meat We Trust, by Maureen Ogle, explores the history of how meat moves from farms and ranches to our dinner plate now that much of the population no longer raises livestock for personal consumption. Here’s what… Continue reading October 2018 – In Meat We Trust