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Title:
Food fix : how to save our health, our economy, our communities, and our planet-one bite at a time
ISBN:
9780316453172
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Description:
viii, 392 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents:
Pt. I. The health and economic impact of our food system. The true cost of food : the health, economic, environmental, and climate impact of our food system -- The global epidemic of chronic disease : the role of our food system -- The global reach of big food -- Leveraging fiscal policies to address obesity and chronic disease -- Pt. II. The dirty politics of big food. How big food and big ag control food policy -- The power of food industry lobbyists -- The US government : subsidizing disease, poverty, environmental destruction, and climate change -- The food industry preys on children and schools -- The FDA is not doing its job to protect us -- Pt. III. Information warfare. How the food (mostly soda) industry co-opts public health and distorts nutrition science -- How big food buys partnerships and hides behind front groups -- Pt. IV. Food and society : The destruction of our human and intellectual capital. The hidden oppression of big food : social injustice, poverty, and racism -- Food and mental health, behavior, and violence -- Farmworkers and food workers : the neglected victims of our food system -- Pt. V. The environmental and climate impact of our food system. Why agriculture matters : food and beyond -- Soil, water, biodiversity : why should we care? -- The food and ag industry : the biggest contributor to climate change -- Epilogue: the future of food, humans, and the planet.
Summary:
Food is our most powerful tool to reverse the global epidemic of chronic disease, heal the environment, reform politics, and revive economies. What we eat has tremendous implications not just for our waistlines, but also for the planet, society, and the global economy. What we do to our bodies, we do to the planet; and what we do to the planet, we do to our bodies. In Food Fix, #1 bestselling author Mark Hyman explains how our food and agriculture policies are corrupted by money and lobbies that drive our biggest global crises: the spread of obesity and food-related chronic disease, climate change, poverty, violence, educational achievement gaps, and more. Pairing the latest developments in nutritional and environmental science with an unflinching look at the dark realities of the global food system and the policies that make it possible, Food Fix is a hard-hitting manifesto that will change the way you think about -- and eat -- food forever, and will provide solutions for citizens, businesses, and policy makers to create a healthier world, society, and planet. --
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An indispensable guide to food, our most powerful tool to reverse the global epidemic of chronic disease, heal the environment, reform politics, and revive economies, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Mark Hyman, MD -- "Read this book if you're ready to change the world" (Tim Ryan, US Representative).

What we eat has tremendous implications not just for our waistlines, but also for the planet, society, and the global economy. What we do to our bodies, we do to the planet; and what we do to the planet, we do to our bodies.
In Food Fix , #1 bestselling author Mark Hyman explains how our food and agriculture policies are corrupted by money and lobbies that drive our biggest global crises: the spread of obesity and food-related chronic disease, climate change, poverty, violence, educational achievement gaps, and more.
Pairing the latest developments in nutritional and environmental science with an unflinching look at the dark realities of the global food system and the policies that make it possible, Food Fix is a hard-hitting manifesto that will change the way you think about -- and eat -- food forever, and will provide solutions for citizens, businesses, and policy makers to create a healthier world, society, and planet.


Author Notes

Mark Hyman, MD, is the Head of Strategy and Innovation for the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, board president of clinical affairs for the Institute for Functional Medicine, and founder and director of The UltraWellness Center. He is the bestselling author of numerous books, including Food ; Eat Fat, Get Thin ; The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet ; and The Blood Sugar Solution .


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Booklist Review

The food industry, like corporate agriculture, is big business, and Hyman (Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?, 2018) takes aim at the structures responsible for selling cheap, high-calorie, manufactured food that's not only low in nutrients, but also responsible for diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, and other health problems. Such problems are epidemic in low-income communities, where access to fresher, better quality food can be nearly impossible to secure, much less afford. Beyond simply decrying such ills, Hyman offers "food fixes" like outlining policy changes for SNAP benefits and calling on the FDA to make policies that will benefit people, not corporations. A chapter on "Why Agriculture Matters," which includes the history of farming, is especially strong. This book is wide-ranging and far-reaching in scope, and key points are often reiterated throughout a chapter. This is a must-read for anyone interested in learning how "disjointed food policies are driving a disease-creating economy," and what can be done about it. Fans of Michael Pollan and Vani Hari will want to check it out, too.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 3
Part I The Health and Economic Impact of Our Food System
1 The True Cost of Food - The Health, Economic, Environmental, and Climate Impact of Our Food Systemp. 11
2 The Global Epidemic of Chronic Disease: The Role of Our Food Systemp. 39
3 The Global Reach of Big Foodp. 65
4 Leveraging Fiscal Policies to Address Obesity and Chronic Diseasep. 76
Part II The Dirty Politics of Big Food
5 How Big Food and Big Ag Control Food Policyp. 93
6 The Power of Food Industry Lobbyistsp. 106
7 The US Government: Subsidizing Disease, Poverty, Environmental Destruction, and Climate Changep. 128
8 The Food Industry Preys on Children and Schoolsp. 141
9 The FDA is Not Doing Its Job to Protect Usp. 158
Part III Information Warfare
10 How the Food (Mostly Soda) Industry Co-opts Public Health and Distorts Nutrition Sciencep. 177
11 How Big Food Buys Partnerships and Hides Behind Front Groupsp. 199
Part IV Food and Society: The Destruction of Our Human and Intellectual Capital
12 The Hidden Oppression of Big Food: Social Injustice, Poverty, and Racismp. 221
13 Food and Mental Health, Behavior, and Violencep. 239
14 Farmworkers and Food Workers: The Neglected Victims of Our Food Systemp. 251
Part V The Environmental and Climate Impact of Our Food System
15 Why Agriculture Matters: Food and Beyondp. 263
16 Soil, Water, Biodiversity: Why Should We Care?p. 282
17 The Food and Ag Industry: The Biggest Contributor to Climate Changep. 311
Epilogue: The Future of Food, Humans, and the Planetp. 335
Acknowledgmentsp. 339
Notesp. 342
Indexp. 379