The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America

A “meticulously researched tour de force” (Publishers Weekly) that exposes how food corporations are undermining a healthy food system

Foodopoly is politically brave—not just naming names in the agri-industrial complex, but pushing us to think more deeply about the politics and economics that dictate our diets beyond our own roles as shoppers and eaters.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“A terrific primer on the corporate control of food in the United States, and the actions of those who fight back” (Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved), Foodopoly takes aim at the real culprit behind America’s food crisis: the ever-growing consolidation and corporatization of food production, which prevents farmers from raising healthy crops and limits the choices that people can make in the grocery store.

In the tradition of the bestselling The World According to Monsanto, Foodopoly tells the shocking story of how agricultural policy has been hijacked by lobbyists, driving out independent farmers and food processors in favor of companies such as Cargill, Tyson, Kraft, and ConAgra. “A meticulously documented account of how we have lost control of our food system” (Steve Gliessman, professor emeritus of agro-ecology, UC–Santa Cruz), the book demonstrates how the impacts ripple far and wide, from economic stagnation in rural communities at home to famines in poor countries overseas. In the end, author Wenonah Hauter argues that solving this crisis will require a complete structural shift, a grassroots movement to reshape our food system from seed to table—a change that is about politics, not just personal choice.


“Food is life. Today food and life are being hijacked by corporations—seed by Monsanto, trade by Cargill and giant agribusiness, retail by Walmart. And our earth, our farmers, our health are being sacrificed to increase corporate profits and control over our food systems. This is the story Hauter tells in Foodopoly. This is a story we must hear in order to create food democracy and food freedom.”
—Dr. Vandana Shiva
“Wenonah Hauter knows where the bodies are buried beneath the amber waves of grain. This is a terrific primer on the corporate control of food in the United States and the actions of those who fight back. By turns heartbreaking, infuriating, and inspiring, Foodopoly is required reading for anyone who wants to understand both the scale of the challenge in reclaiming our food system and the urgency for doing so.”
—Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System
“This may be the most important book on the politics of food ever written in the United States. . . . Hauter puts the blame for our food crisis squarely where it belongs: on the political and agribusiness leaders who benefit from a corporate-dominated food system. Read this essential book and take action!”
—Maude Barlow, author of Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever
“A shocking and powerful reminder of the distance between our image of the family farmer and the corporate agribusiness reality. Make sure you read it before dinner.”
—Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
“In compelling prose, Hauter breaks down why the concentration of corporate power over food matters—and what we can do about it. Foodopoly is a vital book—essential reading for anyone who wants safe food and clean water.”
—Anna Lappé, founder of Food Mythbusters and author of Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It
Foodopoly is a meticulously documented account of how we have lost control of our food system, as well as a road map for taking it back. We must respond to this call to action.”
—Steve Gliessman, professor emeritus of agroecology, University of California, Santa Cruz
Foodopoly makes a compelling case for how corporate consolidation and control of the food supply are at the root cause of a host of problems. Hauter is absolutely right that unless we break the stranglehold of corporate power with significant policy change, such as enforcing federal antitrust laws, the food movement will continue to have only marginal success.”
—Michele Simon, president of Eat Drink Politics and author of Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back

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