Academic journal article Geography

Food for the Future

Academic journal article Geography

Food for the Future

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Food for the Future José Bove and François Dufour Cambridge: Polity Press, 2005 170pp, 15 x 23cm Pb: £14.99, ISBN 0 74563 205 X

José Bove and François Dufour are variously described as French farmers, agricultural activists and radical anti-globalisation campaigners. Their book explores the theme of an agricultural system out of control, a political plaything that has ignored both people and planet. In this respect, it continues the argument aired in their previous volume, The World is Not For Sale: Farmers against junkfood. The current offering adds an interesting twist through the incorporation of the authors' personal experiences to make a plea for the survival of culture and diversity in agriculture. This is accomplished partly through self-interview and partly through biographical detail, which may make the text a little awkward to use for teaching purposes.

The book is written from a desire to move agriculture and its food products more centrally into the everyday consciousness and lives of the people. Bové and Dufour argue forcefully against the ways in which EU/USA postwar agricultural production systems have been designed to produce standardised, tasteless foods in bulk. Among the culprits are the politicians who shy away from potentially unpopular reform policies, especially of the Common Agricultural Policy Also guilty are the large, often multinational, corporations who have most to profit from mass-produced low quality foodstuffs, such as beefburgers and low-fat slimming products. …

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