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Bridges the gap between global farmers and fishermen and American consumers.
America now imports twice as much food as it did a decade ago. What does this increased reliance on imported food mean for the people around the globe who produce our food? Kelsey Timmerman set out on a global quest to meet the farmers and fisherman who grow and catch our food, working alongside them: loading lobster boats in Nicaragua, splitting cocoa beans with a machete in Ivory Coast, and hauling tomatoes in Ohio. Where Am I Eating? tells fascinating stories of the farmers and fishermen around the world who produce the food we eat, explaining what their lives are like and how our habits affect them.
Where Am I Eating? shows how what we eat affects the lives of the people who produce our food, and explores the global food economy including workers rights, the global food crisis, fair trade, and immigration. Where Am I Eating? does not argue for or against the globalization of food, but personalizes it by observing the hope and opportunity, and sometimes the lack thereof, which the global food economy gives to the world's poorest producers.
Author Kelsey Timmerman has spoken at close to 100 schools around the globe about his first book, Where Am I Wearing: A Global Tour of the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes. He has been featured in the Financial Times and has discussed social issues on NPR's Talk of the Nation and Fox News Radio.
What did you love best about Where Am I Eating??
every think about where your food comes from or how many hand bring you your foods ? in our world it could be hunders what keep it all running an amazing idea and a great story take a listen
What did you love best about Where Am I Eating??
The way the personal stories and first-hand accounts make the supply chain info easy to understand, and take actions of my own.
What other book might you compare Where Am I Eating? to and why?
His other book, Where Am I Wearing. Another excellent read on supply chain, while making it funny and personal.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
Didn't care for the narrator. His pronunciation was off, his voice kept getting soft and I had to adjust the sound multiple times and his inflection made some serious points sound funny.
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
I need to research the food certifications better.
Any additional comments?
I have read both of Kelsey's books now, and recommend them to anyone who will listen. They are extremely informative, but at the same time being personal and funny. It's a great way to sort through that kind of information. I believer very deeply in the issue of supply chain, and both of this books, Where Am I Wearing and Where Am I Eating, where a big help in research. Sometimes I was left with more questions, like the issue of child labor, but it was a good thing. It will help me help me keep researching. There are a lot of systematic issues in here, ones that will take countries a long time to sort through, but in the mean time, I have the ability to speak with my purchases to let them all know what's important to me. Sort of getting on a plane to meet those world leaders, this helps me make a difference at home...while I'm still booking those plane tickets. ;)
Coming on the heels of "Where am I wearing?" Kelsey Timmerman bestselling book about where our clothes come from, comes this new book, in which Timmerman visits the countries where coffee, cocoa, bananas, lobster, and apples juice, are sourced from. Kelsey Timmerman actually works along with the farm workers, harvesting bananas, and coffee, and goes to sea in a boat with lobster divers, in Nicaragua. So, he does painstaking research on the subject, visiting with countless people involved.
The book is more of an adventure tale, than a dry study. The downside of this is that the book becomes more about Kelsey than where our food comes from, in parts. Like when Kelsey becomes involved in trying to free an indentured servant who works on a cocoa plantation in Africa. He goes on a wild goose chase, which should have been edited down to a couple of paragraphs. However Timmerman is a good writer, and the technique works for most of the book, giving the subject good emotional appeal.
The important fact is that most Americans have no idea that most of the lobster at places like the Red Lobster comes from Nicaragua and not from Maine, including myself before reading this, or that a good amount of our apple juice is concentrate sourced from China. So we are sublimely ignorant that the U.S is importing a good amount of our food. Timmerman is also an activist, trying to raise awareness about the terrible conditions for some of these foreign workers.
This was an enjoyable book, raising awareness, in addition to being a good adventure tale.