What did you have for breakfast? Did you ever stop to think about the people and steps involved with how your banana or cereal got on your plate? Nearly everyone is a part of the global food system, yet few people are aware of how it operates. Kimberly A. Weir starts by evaluating how we are connected with spice farmers, cocoa bean growers, soybean producers, tomato pickers, and tuna fishers not only gives insight into where we fit in the global food chain, but also offers a unique way to understand the aspects and concepts of the global political economy. The book begins by figuring out where readers fit in the global food chain, looking at what affects eating habits and choices, and situating these factors in a global context. From Jicama to Jackfruit provides that insight in abundance.
Table of Contents
1 Food and You: The Evolution of Abundance 2 The Food Chain: The Political and Economic Nature of Food 3 Spices: The Evolution of the International Monetary System 4 Cocoa Beans: Global Trade and Labor 5 Soybeans: Multinational Corporations and Emerging Economies 6 Tomatoes: International Migration and Labor 7 Tuna: The Global Environment 8 Food for Thought: The Export-Driven Global Food System
"Didactic tools like review questions, recipe boxes, and sidebars featuring 'new-to-you foods,' situate the book as an undergraduate text for a US student. Accordingly, the writing is clear, straightforward, and engaging. Scholars from other fields will find the book a good overview, and will be grateful for the endnotes. . .Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers."
“This book brings a new and different perspective to a topic that will become increasingly salient and attract more attention as people around the world—in both developed and developing countries—focus on the quantity, quality, and variety of their food. The author does an excellent job of motivating the topic throughout the book, especially with features like ‘New-to-You Food.’”
—Moonhawk Kim, University of Colorado at Boulder
“An enticing and interesting read reflecting the innovative pairing of food crops with dimensions of the global political economy. This book will be a popular addition to the limited available offerings in circulation today.”
—Shelley L. Hurt, California Polytechnic State University
“An interesting approach to dissecting key questions in global political economy using food as a lens. . . .[this book] provides an accessible avenue for students to make sense of global issues.”
—Noah R. Zerbe, Humboldt State University