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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Between the Lines (Sept. 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897071442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897071441
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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"Wayne Roberts is the Canadian equivalent to Eric Schlosser or Micheal Pollan. He has done more for the world in the terms of fixing world food policy and opening our eyes to what could be than anyone else in this country."
-Ivy Knight on Swallow: Food Radio (CIUT 89.5 FM)

"A great introduction for any food activist ... Roberts holds his readers' interest with his own fusion of analysis and anecdotes ... [and details intriguing policy suggestions."
-Briarpatch Magazine

"For people just starting to ask questions about where their food comes from and why, this book is a good introduction to the complex interplay of world trade rules, food safety standards, environmental footprints and farming practices that make up our food system."
-The Record (Kitchener)

"The global food system is complex. Wayne Roberts' new book ... is an accessible overview of how the system works-and how it can be fixed."

"A great survey of the problems that plague global food production and distribution, all of it in the macros ... of social justice, public health, and green economics."

"The ideal primer for citizens interested in learning how to affect change in their community."

'As globalization obscures locality of ecosystems and communities with brands and logos, the best way to recognize our true nature and needs is food... What species do we consume, where, how and by whom were they reared and harvested, what was the ecological footprint of the food? Books like this get us started in our thinkingand our actions.'
-David Suzuki

'Couldn't be more timely, especially given the great deal of rubbish being served to a public hungry for answers about their food ... a powerful book.'
-Raj Patel, author of Starved & Stuffed: Markets, Power and theHidden Battle for the World Food System

'A superb introduction to the unfolding contradictions of food and farming since World War II. Its special strength is a clear vision of how myriad dandelions of sustainability and justice are widening the cracks in a dangerously rigid and homogenizing agrifood system.'
-Harriet Friedmann, Professor of Sociology and Fellow, Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto

"Anyone involved in the many positive and exciting food campaigns going on in the world today will be energised by this book."
-Jeanette Longfield (MBE), Coordinator, Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming (UK)

"Valuable information that concerns everyone in the world. Crafted by a prolific writer who knows his subject "from farm to fart."
-Suat Tuzlak, owner, Alpine Bakery in Whitehorse, Yukon

"Wayne's writings on food and the environment combine deep insight into environmental problems together with inspiring suggestions of practical actions that can be taken in the here and now. He's certainly been a major source of ideas for me as I started the work to make Markham the first city government in North America to buy local, sustainable and fair trade food. I expect other government officials with a "let's get started" approach can turn almost any page of the No Nonsense Guide to World Food to similar advantage."
-Erin Shapero, City Councillor, Markham, Ontario

'Life-enhancing! Unlike most academic books on food, [this is highly readable."
-Kevin Morgan, Professor, School of City & Regional Planning, Cardiff University

'The theme of [this book is one of the most important in the world today. The food industry's aim is to nourish the voracious appetite for wealth of the big transnationals who are killing people with their artificial monocultures, transgenics, and chemical conservants and flavours.'
-Hugo Blanco, Peruvian activist and leader of the Campesino Confederation of Peru (translated from Spanish)

'Wayne Roberts is an engaging writer with a remarkable ability to discuss complex issues in simple terms ... This is a very useful book.'
-Cathleen Kneen, Chair, Food Secure Canada

"The awareness Wayne Roberts creates will also stimulate action to overcome another predicament of our times: though we have all the technical means to cope with hunger, we still need to find the courage and social organization to deal with our own demons."
-Gustavo Esteva, Zapatista advisor, negotiator and visionary, co-inventor of the Mexican resistance slogan: "no corn, no country," and author of the classic book Grassroots Post-Modernism

'Wayne Roberts really gets that you mu

From the Author

- Ways to follow Wayne -

On Facebook

On his blog,

Check out Open Book Toronto's Ten Questions with Wayne here

- Audio and video links -

Wayne speaks about the No-Nonsense Guide to World Food from an organic farm and a farmers' market on Prince Edward Island. Click here to watch Wayne at the farm and here to watch Wayne speak from the farmers' market.

Wayne spoke with Peter Stock from Alternatives journal in an interview on CIUT's "Take 5" in December 2009. Click here to listen to the interview (note: Wayne's interview is around 1:11:30).

Wayne Roberts was joined by John Lorinc to discuss food and cities with CIUT's Diana Wilson on Take 5 in November 2008. Click here to listen to the first segment and here to listen to the second segment.


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By Alya on June 15 2012
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The no nonsense guide is an excellent introduction to the issues regarding modern methods of food production, distribution and consumption. This book is a required reading for a course on food security that I am doing, however anyone interested in the issues of food facing the world today will find this book very informative. It's a short (less than 200 pages), well-researched and well- written book with references at the end of each chapter should you choose to do more in-depth reading.
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Arrived on time, good condition, and I am satisfied with this purchase. I haven't had a chance to read the book yet, so I cannot give feedback as to the quality of the book but I am looking forward to reading it.
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At under 200 small pages this book manages to give a remarkable amount of detail on the problems facing the world food industry, their causes, and the key initiatives to undertake in order to resolve them. Wayne Roberts writes from a place of great knowledge, yet maintains an interesting and readable tone throughout. With chapters detailing both the theoretical and the practical attempts being made to improve global food provisioning, the book provides compelling information for those new to the field and those who consider themselves well-read as well. Drawing from a variety of global examples, Roberts gives a no-nonsense description of how governments and citizens can make change for the better, and leaves the reader feeling that the knowledge is out there, it's just a matter of making it manifest.
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This is a really good book if you are looking for a crash course in food security. Covers all the main topics that are prevalent in the world today.
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HASH(0x990f6aec) out of 5 stars The picture isn't pretty, not by a long shot March 1 2015
By Steve Bivans - Published on
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If you really want to know the naked, nasty truth about the world's food system, you simply must read this book. I've read several books on this topic, or related to it, and none of them do the job as completely and efficiently as this one.

Mr. Roberts lays then entire system bare, on the table, and picks through it's bones! The picture isn't pretty, not by a long shot. He exposes the fallacies of 'cheap food', how the U.S. in particular has used agriculture to dominate the economies of the Southern Hemisphere for decades, and how the so-called attempts to 'feed the world' were really just a mask for exporting excess grain and undermining local economies in Africa, South America, and beyond. This drive to dominate has led to the destruction of the environment, the reliance on fossil fuels to keep the system going, and the impoverishment of nations all around the world.

But Roberts also sees positive movements towards a more sustainable world, especially through urban agriculture, focusing on organic, locally produced food. The solution, he argues--and he's right by the way--is to decentralize food production, by putting it back in the hands of the people, and out of the hands of massive corporate farms. Food should be a human right, not a commodity.

If you're interested in a new revolution, in overturning the corrupt political and economic systems, then you need to read this book.
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HASH(0x99229270) out of 5 stars Exceptional guide to the world food crisis March 4 2009
By Ravenous Random Reader - Published on
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This book is not only highly readable and witty, but also smart and essential for understanding our current culture in crisis. Highly recommended.
HASH(0x99229138) out of 5 stars was not bad at all April 1 2015
By Brian A Meadows Jr - Published on
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was not bad at all, would have like a better look at the impacts of the WTO but other than that it was great.