“Kathy O. Brozek’s new book, The Transformation of American Agriculture, might just turn out to be the ‘carry-around bible’ for social entrepreneurs working in food systems.”
—Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Slow Food USA
The Transformation of American Agriculture exposes and illuminates the two momentous and radically different transformations currently underway in American agriculture, which may ultimately leave us with two utterly disconnected food systems. Kathy O. Brozek’s meticulously researched and highly engaging book highlights key milestones in these transformations—including the advent of genetically modified crops and hyper-industrialization.
First Brozek unravels the tangle of political, governmental, technological, and financial forces that shape the $400 billion American agriculture industry by focusing on Illinois and on the USA’s ubiquitous crop—corn.
Consumers who want their ideal of American agriculture to take hold are growing in number, fervor, and entrepreneurial savvy.
Brozek then presents the antidote to hyper-industrialization, ten entrepreneurial organizations—from a grass-fed cattle operation to a private equity firm that converts swaths of farmland to certified organic—that have created successful business models within the sustainable food movement. The work of these organizations resonates across regions and offers scalable models to replicate, while strengthening communities and often families.
The Transformation of American Agriculture shows how the disparate approaches to American agriculture are born of a desire to produce food in the most successful way possible, however that may be defined. Consumers who want their ideal of American agriculture—locally and sustainably grown food—to take hold and receive the same government support as commodity agriculture are indeed swimming upstream. But as Brozek skillfully explains, this contingent of consumers is also growing in number—and in fervor and entrepreneurial savvy as well.
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