No One Eats Alone
Food as a Social Enterprise
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. Carolan argues that this 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 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.
Michael S. Carolan is a professor of sociology and associate dean for research for the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University. He is the author of The Real Cost of Cheap Food; The Sociology of Food and Agriculture; Reclaiming Food Security; and Cheaponomics: The High Cost of Low Prices, among other books.
1 Being Gastro-Intentional
2 Monocultures of the Mind and Body
3 Knowing Quality
4 Shaping Values
5 Spatial Distance Versus Social Distance
6 One Health
7 From Slow Food to Connectivity
8 Buying Behaviors Versus Building Community
9 Getting Big Versus Getting Together
10 Conclusion: Becoming Citizens
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