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Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know
Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know
By Robert Paarlberg
Oxford University Press, USA, 2010, 240 pp

Going well beyond its title, Food Politics addresses key questions about agriculture, including consumers' concerns about food safety, producers' concerns about prices and volatility, and taxpayers' concerns about subsidies. Paarlberg organizes his material around a long list of questions about food policies and practices, such as "Are genetically engineered foods safe?" "Why did food prices rise in 2008?" and "How do farm subsidies shape international agricultural trade?" His answers to these and many other questions are accessible and nuanced.