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Social Science Agriculture & Food

A Matter of Taste

A Farmers' Market Devotee's Semi-Reluctant Argument for Inviting Scientific Innovation to the Dinner Table

by (author) Rebecca Tucker

Publisher
Coach House Books
Initial publish date
Nov 2018
Category
Agriculture & Food, General, Agriculture & Food)
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781552453674
    Publish Date
    Nov 2018
    List Price
    $14.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781770565555
    Publish Date
    Nov 2018
    List Price
    $9.99

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How farmer's markets and organic produce became synonymous with "good food" and why they shouldn't be.

How did farmer's markets, nose-to-tail, locavorism, organic eating, CSAs, whole foods, and Whole Foods become synonymous with “good food”? And are these practices really producing food that is morally, environmentally, or economically sustainable? Rebecca Tucker's compelling, reported argument shows that we must work to undo the moral coding that we use to interpret how we come by what we put on our plates. She investigates not only the danger of the accepted rhetoric, but the innovative work happening on farms and university campuses to create a future where nutritious food is climate-change resilient, hardy enough to grow season after season, and, most importantly, available to all—not just those willing or able to fork over the small fortune required for a perfect heirloom tomato.

Tucker argues that arriving at that future will require a broad cognitive shift away from the idea that farmer's markets, community gardens, and organic food production is the only sustainable way forward; more than that, it will require the commitment of research firms, governments, corporations, and post-secondary institutions to develop and implement agri­science innovations that do more than improve the bottom line. A Matter of Taste asks us to rethink what good food really is.

About the author

Rebecca Tucker is a writer, editor, and journalist, whose work has covered food, travel, arts, and culture. Her writing has appeared in the National Post and Globe and Mail, as well as Vice, Buzzfeed, and Reader’s Digest. Rebecca currently lives in Toronto.

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