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Can Fixing Dinner Fix the Planet?

Jessica Fanzo, PhD

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How can consumers, nations, and international organizations work together to improve food systems before our planet loses its ability to sustain itself and its people?

Do we have the right to eat wrongly?

As the world's agricultural, environmental, and nutritional needs intersect—and often collide—how can consumers, nations, and international organizations work together to reverse the damage by changing how we make, distribute, and purchase food? Can such changes in practice and policy reverse the trajectories of the biggest global crises impacting our world: the burden of chronic diseases, the…

How can consumers, nations, and international organizations work together to improve food systems before our planet loses its ability to sustain itself and its people?

Do we have the right to eat wrongly?

As the world's agricultural, environmental, and nutritional needs intersect—and often collide—how can consumers, nations, and international organizations work together to reverse the damage by changing how we make, distribute, and purchase food? Can such changes in practice and policy reverse the trajectories of the biggest global crises impacting our world: the burden of chronic diseases, the consequences of climate change, and the systemic economic and social inequities that exist within and among nations?

Can Fixing Dinner Fix the Planet? is a clarion call for both individual consumers and those who shape our planet's food and environmental policies that:

• describes the often destructive path that foods take from farms and seas through their processing, distribution, marketing, purchasing and waste management sites
• explores the complex web of factors impacting our ability to simultaneously meet nutritional needs, sustain biodiversity and protect the environment
• raises readers' food and environmental literacy through an engaging narrative about Fanzo's research on five continents along with the work of other inspiring global experts who are providing solutions to these crises
• empowers readers to contribute to immediate and long-term changes by informing their decisions in restaurants, grocery stores, farmers markets, and kitchens

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If you're looking for a guide through the tangled thickets of global food systems, you can do no better than Jess Fanzo's book Can Fixing Dinner Fix the Planet?.

Overall, the book provides an insightful and convincing overview for anyone interested in food and sustainability.

Fanzo's position as an expert and thought leader in global food systems brings a balanced, informed, comprehensive approach to the text often missing in food policy books.

Jessica Fanzo has seen it all, read everything, and talked to everyone. You can have no better, more knowledgeable guide to the mess the food system is in, and how we can get out of it. If you want to do something about the global nutrition crisis, read her book, and roll up your sleeves, as she does. 

Jessica Fanzo argues that dinner not only can fix the planet but must. Read her book. It's beautifully written, authoritative, and utterly convincing—essential reading for anyone interested in food system approaches to world food problems.

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240
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9781421441122
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3 b&w illus.
Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Yes, We'll Have No Bananas
Chapter 1. Are We What We Eat, or What We're Fed?
Chapter 2. Can Cooking Curry in Cambodia Trigger a Tornado in Texas?
Chapter 3. Do We

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Yes, We'll Have No Bananas
Chapter 1. Are We What We Eat, or What We're Fed?
Chapter 2. Can Cooking Curry in Cambodia Trigger a Tornado in Texas?
Chapter 3. Do We Have the Right to Eat Wrongly?
Chapter 4. Can Better Policies Create Better Food?
Chapter 5. Can One Bee Save the Hive?
Notes
Index

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Jessica Fanzo
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Jessica Fanzo, PhD

Jessica Fanzo is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and the director of the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program at Johns Hopkins University. She previously held positions at Columbia University, the Earth Institute, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the UN World Food Programme, Bioversity International, and the Millennium Development Goal Centre at the World...