The Food Sharing Revolution: How Start-Ups, Pop-Ups, and Co-Ops Are Changing the Way We Eat

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7.6 X 0.8 X 9.1 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Michael Carolan is a Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Research for the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University. He is the author of No One Eats Alone; The Real Cost of Cheap Food; The Sociology of Food and Agriculture; Reclaiming Food Security; and Cheaponomics: The High Cost of Low Prices, among other books. Dr. Carolan is co-editor for the Journal of Rural Studies and has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and chapters.


"Interested in the potential of a real sharing economy? Carolan's pioneering research on the emergence of cooperation in the food economy is a must-read. Not only does he identify the barriers and opportunities facing farmers, cooks, waste reducers, seed savers, and others, he finds that true collaboration is the route to a larger change in how we live, produce, and consume. Wise, inspirational, and important--this is a gem of a book!"--Juliet Schor, author of "Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth"
"The Food Sharing Revolution shines a spotlight on collaborations working to preserve human-scaled food and farm businesses in our communities. Through moving success stories, Carolan offers an alternative to the 'get big or get out' mentality plaguing the food industry. This book is inspiration for family farmers to avoid growing their acreage, their debt, and their backaches, and instead grow their relationships."--Diane Del Signore, Executive Director, Community Alliance with Family Farmers
"From co-owned dairy farms to high-end dinner party apps, Michael Carolan heads to the frontlines of the food sharing revolution. Along the way, he asks all the right questions about what the sharing of goods, services, and knowledge means for not only how we produce and consume food, but also how we coexist. A wise and timely book."--Susanne Freidberg, author of "Fresh: A Perishable History"
"Supported by national statistics and individual stories, Carolan's informative, anecdotal overview of a culinary revolution covers the sharing economy in fine detail, highlighting the demand for diverse food cultures, individual experiences, and a love for all that goes into the development of food sovereignty."--Booklist
"A critically important, insightful and documented study of the economics of the food industry from field to plate, "The Foodsharing Revolution" is an extraordinary and groundbreaking study...highly recommended."--Midwest Book Review
"Highly readable, if sobering, look at the entire cycle of food production and ways it could be improved, literally from the ground up."--CHOICE