From Excess to Enough

Food Security: From Excess to Enough

published by Dundurn Press

About the book:

Canadians are failing to balance reasonable food consumption with sufficient and sustainable production.

The modern agricultural system is producing more and more food. Too much food. The cost is enormous: excess nutrients are contaminating the air and water; soil is being depleted; species loss is plunging us toward the sixth extinction; and farmers, racking up debt, are increasingly vulnerable to economic and climatic shifts. At the same time, people are consuming too much food. Two-thirds of health-care costs in Canada can be attributed to chronic diseases associated with unhealthy eating. And then there is the waste — householders, food processors, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers collectively waste 40 percent of the food produced. A radical rethink is required. We need to move from excess to enough.

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Click a quote to read the full review:

Ralph Martin is Canada’s Wendell Berry.” Rod MacRae, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

The book is a love letter to Mother Earth and a siren blaring a global warning.” Anita Stewart C.M. LLD, Food Laureate ~ University of Guelph, Founder ~ Food Day Canada

Food Security is a wise and powerful book, packed with a lifetime’s learning.” Silver Donald Cameron, CM, ONS, PhD, Farley Mowat Chair in Environment, Cape Breton University

This book beautifully combines storytelling with scientific evidence.” Jane Rabinowicz, Executive Director, USC Canada   

Ralph’s love and respect for agriculture, the environment and society, are evident in this book.” Laurent and Catherine Van Arkel, Van Arkel Farms, Dresden, ON

This book is really awesome and much needed, to bring clarity and guidance.” Kahontakwas Diane Longboat, Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan, Six Nations Grand River Territory

Inspiring in the midst of humanity’s careening toward disaster, is his deep commitment to hope.” Donald C Cole MD, FRCP(C), Occupational, Environmental, and Public Health Medicine consultant, Professor Emeritus, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

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