The Ecologist Guide To Food – the first in a new series of hard hitting consumer guides from the world’s leading environmental magazine.
For those of us lucky enough to live in the developed world – and with sufficient means of paying for it – there are now seemingly endless choices and a year-round, abundant, display of (often relatively cheap) foodstuffs from every corner of the earth.
But this choice, made available as the result of an increasingly industrialised agricultural and food production system, comes with a hidden price tag – one involving animal suffering, the decline in small, traditional farms, a loss of community, human rights abuses, the destruction of ecosystems and loss of biodiversity, pollution and waste , the spread of disease, a dangerous reliance on fossil fuels… the list is endless.
Add to this the big challenges facing the planet – climate change, population growth, peak oil, water shortages, the health time-bomb – and you have a recipe for disaster. Quite simply, our current food and agricultural system cannot continue without reaping further catastrophic damage to the planet – and to people.
But there are increasingly viable alternatives. Alternatives that could mean a natural, healthy, robust and sustainable food system that directly challenges the status quo and offer consumers (and producers) an alternative.
The Ecologist has set the agenda on food issues for more than 40 years. Through powerful reportage – including undercover investigations – comment and analysis, plus practical guides to ethical purchasing and ‘growing your own’, along with profiles celebrating innovation and championing ‘food pioneers’, we’ve covered all things food-related in a way few other publications could – or would.
Now we’re continuing our reputation of challenging established thinking by producing, in association with Leaping Hare Press, The Ecologist Guide To Food – essential reading for anyone interested in knowing what lies behind the purchases they make and finding out what can be done to counter some of these problems.
Drawing from our unique archive of coverage and using much new material, we delve behind the labels (literally) to investigate the often-unpalatable truth about many of the foodstuffs we consume each day. We also look at the alternatives, giving a voice to some of those going against the grain to produce food that is good for you, and good for the planet.
The Ecologist Guide To Food will be published later in 2013.