There is a lot of contradiction in this book. She seems to favour small scale farming but the examples she uses like the farmers that are nearly starving in China rice mountainside rice farms are not actually the way to go. She thinks that we cannot afford to use animal protein as they consume a lot of input to grow (which is true) but uses a long horn farmer in southern Ontario as an example of 'ecological farming' because he uses local plants on his farm to feed them but takes twice as long to mature to usable meat. I think she's a bit of a dreamer that probably has never had to actually work on a farm to earn a living. I have and peasant farming is not the solution to feed 9 Billion people in 2050.
A solid read for anyone interested in food, farms, and sustainable growing issues. A nice compliment to Elton's previous book, Locavore. I would have liked for some sections to have gone more in-depth, like the chapter on urban farming in Detroit, but overall, a thumbs up.
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