No One Eats Alone

No One Eats Alone

Food as A Social Enterprise

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In today’s fast-paced, fast food world, everyone seems to be eating alone, all the time—whether it’s at their desks or in the car. Michael Carolan argues that needs to change if we want healthy, equitable, and sustainable food. We can no longer afford to ignore human connections as we struggle with dire problems like hunger, obesity, toxic pesticides, antibiotic resistance, depressed rural economies, and low-wage labor. In No One Eats Alone he tells the stories of people getting together to change their relationship to food and to each other—from community farms where suburban moms and immigrant families work side by side, to online exchanges where entrepreneurs share kitchen space, to “hackers” who trade information about farm machinery repairs. This is how real change happens, Carolan contends: when we start acting like citizens first and consumers second.

In today’s fast-paced, fast food world, everyone seems to be eating alone, all the time—whether it’s at their desks or in the car. Even those who find time for a family meal are cut off from the people who grew, harvested, distributed, marketed, and sold the foods on their table. Few ever break bread with anyone outside their own socioeconomic group. So why does Michael Carolan say that that no one eats alone? Because all of us are affected by the other people in our vast foodscape. We can no longer afford to ignore these human connections as we struggle with dire problems like hunger, obesity, toxic pesticides, antibiotic resistance, depressed rural economies, and low-wage labor.

Carolan argues that building community is the key to healthy, equitable, and sustainable food. While researching No One Eats Alone, he interviewed more than 250 individuals, from flavorists to Fortune 500 executives, politicians to feedlot managers, low-income families to crop scientists, who play a role in the life of food. Advertising consultants told him of efforts to distance eaters and producers—most food firms don’t want their customers thinking about farm laborers or the people living downstream of processing plants. But he also found stories of people getting together to change their relationship to food and to each other.

There are community farms where suburban moms and immigrant families work side by side, reducing social distance as much as food miles. There are entrepreneurs with little capital or credit who are setting up online exchanges to share kitchen space, upending conventional notions of the economy of scale. There are parents and school board members who are working together to improve cafeteria food rather than relying on soda taxes to combat childhood obesity.

Carolan contends that real change only happens when we start acting like citizens first and consumers second. No One Eats Alone is a book about becoming better food citizens.


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Drawing on interviews with about 250 flavorists, Fortune 500 executives, lobbyists, food importers, branding consultants, community development specialists, public health officials, dietitians, veterinarians, politicians, feedlot managers, low-income families, indigenous people, and crop scientists around the world, the author describes alternative foodscapes that challenge existing social practices with food and build new communities that encourage different connections related to food. He discusses Big Food, food values, local food, food and health, slow food, buying behavior, and scalability, emphasizing the importance of being citizens rather than consumers of food. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: Washington :, Island Press,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781610918046
Branch Call Number: 394.12 CAR
Characteristics: xi, 171 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm.

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