A Matter of Taste: A Farmers' Market Devotee's Semi-Reluctant Argument for Inviting Scientific Innovation to the Dinner Table

Category: Book
By (author): Tucker, Rebecca
Series: Exploded Views
Subject:  NON-FICTION / Canadian
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Agriculture & Food Policy (see also SOCIAL S
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Agriculture & Food (see also POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Poli
Awards: Governor General's Award for French-to-English Translation (2015) Winner
Publisher: Coach House Books
Published: July 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 148
Size: 7.50in x 4.75in
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From The Publisher*How farmer's markets and organic produce became synonymous with 'good food' and why they shouldn't be. How did farmer's markets, nose­to­tail, locavorism, organic eating, CSAs, whole foods, and Whole Foods become synonymous with 'good food'? And are these practices really producing food that is morally, environmentally, or economically sustainable? Rebecca Tucker's compelling, reported argument shows that we must work to undo the moral coding that we use to interpret how we come by what we put on our plates. She investigates not only the danger of the accepted rhetoric, but the innovative work happening on farms and university campuses to create a future where nutritious food is climate-change resilient, hardy enough to grow season after season, and, most importantly, available to all- not just those willing or able to fork over the small fortune required for a perfect heirloom tomato. Tucker argues that arriving at that future will require a broad cognitive shift away from the idea that farmer's markets, community gardens, and organic food production is the only sustainable way forward; more than that, it will require the commitment of research firms, governments, corporations, and post­secondary institutions to develop and implement agri­science innovations that do more than improve the bottom line. A Matter of Taste asks us to rethink what good food really is.
Biographical NoteRebecca Tucker ?is a Toronto-based writer, editor, and journalist, whose work has covered food, travel, arts, and culture. Her writing has appeared in the National Post and Globe and Mail, as well as Vice, Buzzfeed, Reader's Digest magazine, and Toronto Life. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ryerson University, and lives in Toronto's west end with her cat, Sam.