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Animal, Vegetable, Junk : A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal: A Food Science Nutrition History Book

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From hunting and gathering to GMOs and ultra-processed foods, this expansive tour of human history rewrites the story of our species and points the way to a better future. The history of Homo sapiens is usually told as a story of technology or economics.

But there is a more fundamental driver: food. How we hunted and gathered explains our emergence as a new species and our earliest technology; our first food systems, from fire to agriculture, tell where we settled and how civilizations expanded.

The quest for food for growing populations drove exploration, colonialism, slavery, even capitalism. A century ago, food was industrialized. Since then, advancing styles of agriculture and food production have written a new chapter of human history, one that’s driving both climate change and global health crises.

Best-selling food authority Mark Bittman offers a panoramic view of the story and explains how we can rescue ourselves from the modern wrong turn.

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0358645522 / 9780358645528
Paperback / softback
26/05/2022
United States
English
384 pages
23 cm
Reprint. Originally published: Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021.