LISA CHASE is the natural resources specialist at University of Vermont Extension and the director of the Vermont Tourism Research Center. VERN GRUBINGER is an agriculture specialist with University of Vermont Extension and coordinator of the USDA's Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.
"Chase and Grubinger bring valuable clarity and insight to the inherent complexity of contemporary food systems. Anyone who wants to truly understand how these systems work--or don't work--should read this book."--Ben Hewitt, author of The Town That Food Saved "If you haven't a clue about what's meant by food systems, read Food, Farms, and Community right now. The book covers the territory from farm to fork, clarifying the complexities and focusing on what's really important: what to do to create food and farming systems that promote the health of people and the planet."--Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat "This is a book that I will use and recommend to my students in the masters in Sustainable Food Systems Program at Green Mountain College, and it deserves to be read more widely--by policy makers as well as urbanites with dreams of a bucolic life on a far, saving the world by growing healthy food. Chase and Grubinger lay out the obstacles to, as well as the promise of, that vision in a tone that is balanced and hyperbole free."--Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat "Vermont History" "[Chase and Grubinger's] backgrounds inform their broad approach to the complex topic of food systems, producing an introductory textbook unique in its breadth of scope and emphasis on North American food systems. Throughout the book, the authors define terms and concepts. They clearly convey a great deal of information about this complicated subject through thoughtful organization and a straightforward writing style."--Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat "Choice"