Introduction to the US Food System: Public Health, Environment, and Equity
Roni Neff, Editor
Jossey-Bass, a Wiley brand
This textbook provides an overview of the US food system, with particular focus on the food system’s interrelationships with public health, the environment, equity, and society. Through eighteen chapters and seventy-four focus and perspective boxes, authored altogether by one hundred and six food system experts, this book brings together information and perspectives reflecting the breadth of issues and ideas important to understanding today’s US food system and to shaping its future. The readings highlight issues of public health, ecological impact, and implications for communities, equity and society more broadly; they address as well supply, demand, cost, stakeholder interests, history, power, politics and policy, ethics, and culture.
Student interest in the food system has grown dramatically since the new millennium, and academic courses and programs addressing the food system have proliferated. This book is intended to address the need for textbook material covering broad food system issues, and focusing on the food system’s relationship with the public’s health more specifically. Our aims are for the book to provide a resource to educators from a variety of disciplines, support their efforts to meet growing student demand for course work on food system topics, engage students, stimulate critical thinking, and, overall, to help students better understand our food system.