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by Mark Winne

In Closing the Food Gap, food activist and journalist Mark Winne poses questions too often overlooked in our current conversations around food: What about those people who are not financially able to make conscientious choices about where and how to get food? And in a time of rising rates of both diabetes and obesity, what can we do to make healthier foods available for everyone?To address these questions, Winne tells the story of how America's food gap has widened since the 1960s, when domestic poverty was "rediscovered," and how communities have responded with a slew of strategies and methods to narrow the gap, including community gardens, food banks, and farmers' markets. The story, however, is not only about hunger in the land of plenty and the organized efforts to reduce it; it is also about doing that work against a backdrop of ever-growing American food affluence and gastronomical expectations. With the popularity of Whole Foods and increasingly common community-supported agriculture (CSA), wherein subscribers pay a farm so they can have fresh produce regularly, the demand for fresh food is rising in one population as fast as rates of obesity and diabetes are rising in another. Over the last three decades, Winne has found a way to connect impoverished communities experiencing these health problems with the benefits of CSAs and farmers' markets; in Closing the Food Gap, he explains how he came to his conclusions. With tragically comic stories from his many years running a model food organization, the Hartford Food System in Connecticut, alongside fascinating profiles of activists and organizations in communities across the country, Winne addresses head-on the struggles to improve food access for all of us, regardless of income level. Using anecdotal evidence and a smart look at both local and national policies, Winne offers a realistic vision for getting locally produced, healthy food onto everyone's table.
Download Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty epub
ISBN: 0807047317
ISBN13: 978-0807047316
Category: Politics
Subcategory: Politics & Government
Author: Mark Winne
Language: English
Publisher: Beacon Press; Reprint edition (January 1, 2009)
Pages: 224 pages
ePUB size: 1100 kb
FB2 size: 1415 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 268
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Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of the Plenty, challenges readers to think about the issue of hunger from a systemic lens. The food systems currently in place are flawed, which has resulted in an increase in the number of food-insecure Americans, despite an increase in charity and non-profit efforts. While there are many ways citizens can be locally involved in addressing hunger, such as participating in community gardens, farmers markets, and handing out meals to the hungry, Winne continually points back to root cause of hunger: poverty. It is our job to empower those who are most affected by poverty to speak up, because "as with these movements [rights for blacks and women], the struggle for inequality, access, affordability, healthy food, and food security will ultimately be won by those with the most at stake" (Winne, 2008, p. 191). This book captures the complexity of the food gap in America, while giving readers hope that there is a solution. We have to speak up and advocate for policies that end poverty and allow all Americans a place at the table in the land of plenty.
Awesome book that really helps one understand our food system and how to address issues of inequality and food access. Highly recommended!
Read as a group for our Library book of the month. Very lively discussion after reading it.
This book gives an excellent picture of the food and hunger crisis in this country. It's easy to forget with one third of our population being obese that there are also many who go hungry. It's interesting that similar political and environmental forces lead to both problems. Winne is very liberal, which may turn off some more moderate readers, however his science is sound and he has the facts down right.
This book is probably the best descriptor of how our food systems end up leaving out those in poverty. Extremely well written. If you liked Michael Pollan's books, you will love this.
I've had the privilege of attending a food policy workshop at which Mr. Winne was the guest speaker. The man has a lot of experience in a wide range of food policy issues. As another "overeducated white guy" (his words), he's dedicated much of his life to improving the food security of those who need help most. Through much of the book, he reiterates time and again how meaningful change must come from within - it can't be forced on a community from an outside source. He honestly shares his successes and failures in a variety of efforts - bringing grocery stores back into underserved neighborhoods, establishing farmer's markets and community gardens, growing CSAs, working with food pantries, even changing bus routes so people from underserved areas can reach the serves they need (food and other services as well). I found his narrative informative and engaging. Best of all, it was real - "We did this, it worked. We did that, it didn't." This was not a "in theory only" book.

What really bothered me, and why I am only giving this book three stars, is how at the end of the book he turned his back on every lesson he's learned and called for top-down, big money, legislative efforts to enforce change. The blew me out of the water. I know Mr. Winne has a very socialist viewpoint, but, dang, from his own experience he should know that simple handouts never solve anything except for in the short term, and federal bureaucracy is very slow to respond to the needs of the people and inevitably does do at higher costs than local programs. He says this himself earlier in the book. I was really disappointed.

Read the book, learn from his successes and failures - there is a lot of good material here - just be aware that it ends in contradictions.
It come as it was described.
This book is practically new!