Year 16, Book 64

64. Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal by Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman, as the title suggests, traces the history of food all the way from being hunter gathers to how it became agrobusiness as well as food that is not so much food anymore. He definitely is on the side of smaller, more sustainable agriculture. However, as often in the case of books like this while it’s all well and good to suggest that these things are good I think he does not acknowledge that a true return to what he is talking about is not possible unless everyone is living somewhere they can at least partially grow their own food, which unrealistic for so many different reasons. It was an interesting read even if I can’t completely buy into his thesis. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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