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UBC Press Fall 2018 Trade Catalogue, featuring selections from our distributed publishers

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The Food Sharing Revolution
How Start Ups, Pop Ups, and Co Ops are Changing the Way We Eat
By (author): Michael S. Carolan
9781610918862 Hardcover, Sewn English General Trade SOCIAL SCIENCE / Agriculture & Food Nov 15, 2018
$35.95 CAD
Active 152.4 x 228.6 x 20.32 mm | 400 gr 208 pages 4 illus. Island Press

This is a hopeful look at the ways the sharing economy can transform our food system and challenge corporate agriculture.



In The Food Sharing Revolution, Michael Carolan tells the stories of traditional producers who are being squeezed by big agribusiness, and entrepreneurs who are bucking the corporate food system and tapping into the sharing economy. Many are sharing tractors, seeds, kitchen space, their homes, and their cultures. They are business owners like Dorothy, who opened her bakery with the help of a no-interest crowd-sourced loan. They are chefs like Camilla, who introduces diners to her native Colombian cuisine through peer-to-peer meal sharing. Their success is not only good for aspiring producers, but for everyone who wants an alternative to monocrops and processed foods. When collaboration is genuine, the sharing economy can offer both producers and eaters freedom, even sovereignty. The result is a healthier, more sustainable, and more ethical way to eat.

Michael Carolan is a professor of sociology and associate dean for research in the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University. He is the author of No Eats Alone; The Real Cost of Cheap Food; The Sociology of Food and Agriculture; Reclaiming Food Security; and Cheaponomics: The High Cost of Low Prices, among other books. Dr. Carolan is also co-editor for the Journal of Rural Studies and has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and chapters.

Supported by national statistics and individual stories, Carolan's informative, anecdotal overview of a culinary revolution covers the sharing economy in fine detail, highlighting the demand for diverse food cultures, individual experiences, and a love for all that goes into the development of food sovereignty. - Booklist

A critically important, insightful and documented study of the economics of the food industry from field to plate, The Foodsharing Revolution is an extraordinary and groundbreaking study ... highly recommended. - Midwest Book Review

"Highly readable, if sobering, look at the entire cycle of food production and ways it could be improved, literally from the ground up."
- CHOICE

"A critically important, insightful and documented study of the economics of the food industry from field to plate, "The Foodsharing Revolution" is an extraordinary and groundbreaking study...highly recommended."
- Midwest Book Review

"Interested in the potential of a real sharing economy? Carolan's pioneering research on the emergence of cooperation in the food economy is a must-read. Not only does he identify the barriers and opportunities facing farmers, cooks, waste reducers, seed savers, and others, he finds that true collaboration is the route to a larger change in how we live, produce, and consume. Wise, inspirational, and important—this is a gem of a book!"
- Juliet Schor, author of "Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth"

"The Food Sharing Revolution shines a spotlight on collaborations working to preserve human-scaled food and farm businesses in our communities. Through moving success stories, Carolan offers an alternative to the 'get big or get out' mentality plaguing the food industry. This book is inspiration for family farmers to avoid growing their acreage, their debt, and their backaches, and instead grow their relationships."
- Diane Del Signore, Executive Director, Community Alliance with Family Farmers

"From co-owned dairy farms to high-end dinner party apps, Michael Carolan heads to the frontlines of the food sharing revolution. Along the way, he asks all the right questions about what the sharing of goods, services, and knowledge means for not only how we produce and consume food, but also how we coexist. A wise and timely book."
- Susanne Freidberg, author of "Fresh: A Perishable History"

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