IFIC Reviews a cluster of newly released books that are getting buzz in the food and agriculture space.

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International Food Information Council Foundation reviews new book, No More Food Fights!, by Michele Payn-Knoper, which focuses on the need to move away from polarizing rhetoric and for more civility among  those involved in discussions of the farm-to-fork continuum. From the review: “…it is necessary to embrace the idea that farmers and ranchers, agribusinesses, health professionals, media, advocates, and others may offer productive insights that enrich conversations about food and contribute to mutual understanding… ‘The most basic of all human needs is the need to be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.’ Are you listening?”

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International Food Information Council Foundation reviews new book, Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal by Melanie Warner. From the review: “Should society return to its rural and agrarian roots or should we remain urbanites and continue to develop and rely on new technologies to satisfy the increasing nutritional demands of our growing world?...It is important to understand what we’re eating. It is important to know what’s in our food, why certain ingredients are used and what the real risks are to consuming them. It’s also important to thoroughly understand the science involved in modern food production before condemning its use to consumers—as its benefits far outweigh its risks.”
International Food Information Council Foundation reviews new book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, by Michael Moss, which reflects upon the motivations and practices by the food industry which have transformed the American food supply. From the review: “There are many perspectives one can take regarding the technological changes which have led to our modern food supply…The other perspective that appears to be lacking in “Salt Sugar Fat”, is an appreciation of the role the consumer plays in shaping the marketplace…Unlike animals, man has the ability to choose what food he consumes, and when the consumer communicates a demand for more healthful food, the food industry provides that choice.”