The Agrarian Standard by Wendell Berry

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Wendell Berry writes on many things. Food is one of them.

 

The large agribusiness corporations that were mainly national in 1977 are now global, and are replacing the world’s agricultural diversity, which was useful primarily to farmers and local consumers, with bioengineered and patented monocultures that are merely profitable to corporations. The purpose of this now global economy, as Vandana Shiva has rightly said, is to replace “food democracy” with a worldwide “food dictatorship.”

 

To read the entire piece, go to Orion Magazine.

Corn: Our Mother, Our Life by Margaret Visser

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One-ingredient histories have become an important part of our current reading and writing of food. Here’s one on corn – that ingredient both loved and hated – written way back in 1986.

 

Screen Shot 2014-08-24 at 8.27.39 AMTo continue reading go to Much Depends on Dinner by Margaret Visser, Chapter One.