Bridges the gap between global farmers and fishermen and American consumers
America now imports twice as much food as it did a decade ago. What does this increased reliance on imported food mean for the people around the globe who produce our food? Kelsey Timmerman set out on a global quest to meet the farmers and fisherman who grow and catch our food, and also worked alongside them: loading lobster boats in Nicaragua, splitting cocoa beans with a machete in Ivory Coast, and hauling tomatoes in Ohio. Where Am I Eating? tells fascinating stories of the farmers and fishermen around the world who produce the food we eat, explaining what their lives are like and how our habits affect them.
This book shows how what we eat affects the lives of the people who produce our food. Through compelling stories, explores the global food economy including workers rights, the global food crisis, fair trade, and immigration.
Author Kelsey Timmerman has spoken at close to 100 schools around the globe about his first book, Where Am I Wearing: A Global Tour of the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes
He has been featured in the Financial Times and has discussed social issues on NPR's Talk of the Nation and Fox News Radio
Where Am I Eating? does not argue for or against the globalization of food, but personalizes it by observing the hope and opportunity, and sometimes the lack thereof, which the global food economy gives to the world's poorest producers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Where Am I Eating is a book that can be read for pleasure over the period of a weekend, or it can be used with groups as an educational tool. Half-part investigative and half part personal story, Kelsey's words dance with the reader, providing an opportunity for careful analysis of the topic without being subjected to boring text. From the stories of farmers around the world who tell us what their experiences are like to the stories of modern-day slaves who harvest what becomes our chocolate, Where Am I Eating is an adventure you won't want to miss -- it will forever change how you shop and eat.
I loved this book. It sheds light on the global food economy through personal stories of the people who grow our food. It changes the way you think about what (or where) you are eating but doesn't pretend to have all of the solutions. Having grown up on a small dairy farm in Michigan I can relate to some of the stories and how hard my parents worked to make ends meet. If you enjoy adventure, touring, agriculture, and revelations about the corporations that most of us buy from, this is the book for you!
I have read Where am I Wearing many times and used it in classes, given it as gifts,and praised it to my friends to the point they have asked if I am being paid for selling the book. Where am I Eating is just as good as the previous book. Timmerman does an excellent job of showing how we are all connected. He does an equally good job of showing how the people who feed us and the people who make our clothes are being exploited and mistreated while they lack options to do much else. At the same time, we are buying these products that are damaging and many of us lack options. The book also stimulates discussion on the ethics of food, a discussion that is long overdue. Much of what he writes is not new but he puts the information in one book and makes it accessible. Read this book before you buy apple juice again.
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