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Michael S Carolan's book gets you ready for change, starting small

By Sara Schwarz

April 17th, 2019


The childhood ideals we have of farming – farmer in straw hat riding a tractor and harvesting crops for market – are fast becoming just that, childish ideals.

Instead our farmers are ageing (average age 60+ in the USA, over 56 in Australia), and are increasingly under tremendous strain from a combination of extreme weather events, decreasing incomes, and outrageous pressure from big agribusiness that seems the stuff of science-fiction – for example, seeds that farmers grow they aren’t legally allowed to replant and tractors they own that they can't legally repair themselves. 

And if the above factors aren’t off-putting enough, younger people who would like to enter the agricultural industry soon discover land prices and technological barriers limit entry options on any meaningful scale, unless they choose to work for, or being dictated to by a small number of powerful agri-organisations.

So what are the alternatives? This is the question that Michael S Carolan is on a mission to uncover and share with the world.

In The Food Sharing Revolution, mid-Western farm boy and social scientist Michael S Carolan interviews hundreds of growers, makers, sellers and other interested community members to find out what their many challenges are and through what innovative means people are utilising the ‘sharing economy’ to achieve positive outcomes for all.

If you are at all interested in where your food comes from, how big business plays a major part in what and how food makes it to our tables, and what the future of food production is – and we all need to be – then this is a book you should read.

Many of the ideas in this book are big, but the challenges and influences of big agri-business seem often insurmountable. However, as Margaret Mead said “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has”.

So be educated, be inspired, be the change. Begin by reading this book.

Hopefully it will inspire a new era of farmers and farming that benefits us all.

Read the press release here »

The Food Sharing Revolution: How Start-Ups, Pop-Ups, and Co-Ops are Changing the Way We Eat, 2nd Edition by Michael S Carolan is published by Island Press (Washington, USA; Nov 2018; Hb; 200pp; RRP A$49.99) and distributed in Australia by New South Books.

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