Land to Mouth
Organic farming and living off the land are good; industry and mass production are bad. That’s how we tend to view agriculture. But in order to feed the world, agriculture can’t do without industry – so it’s high time we infused it with a touch of soul.
It’s a clash between head and heart: We want our farms to be wholesome, unspoiled, organic; whole grains and happy animals. Vegetarians, animal rights activists and or-ganic consumers demand quality of life for farm animals, ecological awareness, and a renunciation of discount mentality. Farmers counter with accusations of head-in-the-clouds idealism. And indeed it is undeniable that industrial food production has long replaced the idyllically quaint picture-book farms we use to teach our children about land and livestock. What the world needs is comestibles in mass quantities at low prices. Jan Grossarth advocates a ground level reappraisal with a view to arriving at sensible and sustainable solutions for coping with the unavoidable increase of industrialization within the food industry. Outlining the key factors, he informs us about genetically mo-dified crops, pig feed, ethical food, slaughterhouse workers, and grow-your-own small-holders. He describes urban gardeners as well as eco-terrorists and explains why the whole thing is such an emotionally charged issue. This book is a must-read for everyone who cares about what goes on their plate.