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Biting the hands that feed us : how fewer, smarter laws would make our food system more sustainable / Baylen J. Linnekin.

Linnekin, Baylen, (author.).
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Subject: Food supply > Government policy > United States.
Food supply > Environmental aspects > United States.
Food supply > Law and legislation > United States.
Food industry and trade > Government policy > United States.
Food industry and trade > Environmental aspects > United States.
Food law and legislation > United States.
Sustainable agriculture > Government policy > United States.
Livestock > Moral and ethical aspects > United States.
Nutrition policy > United States.
Food consumption > United States.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781610916769
  • ISBN: 161091676X
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 257 pages)
  • Publisher: Washington D.C. : Island Press, [2016]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-247) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Unsafe at any feed -- "Big food" bigger thanks to "big government" -- Wasting your money wasting food -- I say "tomato," you say "no" -- There are good food rules.
Summary: "Food waste, hunger, inhumane livestock conditions, disappearing fish stocks--these are exactly the kind of issues we expect food regulations to combat. Yet, today in the United States, laws exist at all levels of government that actually make these problems worse. Baylen Linnekin argues that, too often, government rules handcuff America's most sustainable farmers, producers, sellers, and consumers, while rewarding those whose practices are anything but sustainable. Bitting the Hands that Feed Us introduces readers to the perverse consequences of many food rules. Some of these rules constrain the sale of 'ugly' fruits and vegetables, relegating bushels of tasty but misshapen carrots and strawberries to food waste. Other rules have threatened to treat manure--the lifeblood of organic fertilization--as a toxin. Still other rules prevent sharing food with the homeless and others in need. There are even rules that prohibit people from growing fruits and vegetables in their own yards. Linnekin also explores what makes for a good food law--often, he explains, these emphasize good outcomes rather than rigid processes. But he urges readers to be wary of efforts to regulate our way to a greener food system, calling instead for empowerment of those working to feed us (and themselves) sustainably"--Amazon.com.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.
Summary: "Food waste, hunger, inhumane livestock conditions, disappearing fish stocks--these are exactly the kind of issues we expect food regulations to combat. Yet, today in the United States, laws exist at all levels of government that actually make these problems worse. Baylen Linnekin argues that, too often, government rules handcuff America's most sustainable farmers, producers, sellers, and consumers, while rewarding those whose practices are anything but sustainable. Bitting the Hands that Feed Us introduces readers to the perverse consequences of many food rules. Some of these rules constrain the sale of 'ugly' fruits and vegetables, relegating bushels of tasty but misshapen carrots and strawberries to food waste. Other rules have threatened to treat manure--the lifeblood of organic fertilization--as a toxin. Still other rules prevent sharing food with the homeless and others in need. There are even rules that prohibit people from growing fruits and vegetables in their own yards. Linnekin also explores what makes for a good food law--often, he explains, these emphasize good outcomes rather than rigid processes. But he urges readers to be wary of efforts to regulate our way to a greener food system, calling instead for empowerment of those working to feed us (and themselves) sustainably"--Amazon.com.

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