Monday, August 10, 2009

Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty

This book published in 2008, highlights the growing trend of food deserts from the 1970s to the present day.

"Having been a part of the movement since the 1970s, serving as (among other positions) the executive director of the Hartford Food System, Winne has an insider's view on what it's like to feed our country's hungry citizens. Through the lens of Hartford, Conn.—a quintessential inner city bereft of decent food options apart from bodegas and fast food chains—he explains the successes he witnessed and helped to create: community gardens, inner city farmers' markets and youth-run urban farms. Winne concludes his tale in our present food-crazed era, giving voice to low-income shoppers and exploring where they fit in with such foodie discussions as local vs. organic. In this articulate and comprehensive book, Winne points out that the greatest successes have been an informal alliance between sustainable agriculture and food security advocates... that shows promise for helping both the poor and small and medium-size farmers. For the most part it is a calm, well-reasoned and soft-spoken call to arms to fight for policy reform, rather than fill in, with community-based projects and privately funded programs, the gaps left by our city and state legislators."'

The author Mark Winne writes a variety of books about nutrition and big food industry leaders. Some of his other works include these articles and blogs: Slow Food for a Dying Planet, Community Food Security Coalition, The Poor Get Diabetes; The Rich Get Local and Organic.

Book description courtesy of © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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