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
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