Companion Reading Guide | Food MythBusters Film: “Do We Really Need Industrial Agriculture to Feed the World?”

For more than ten years, I’ve been circling the globe, talking with farmers and farming families from Mali, Kenya, Brazil, India, Poland, Bangladesh, China, Mexico, the Midwest, California, the Gulf of Mexico, and beyond. Across such diversity of geography, language, and history, I’ve heard the same story: the damage—to the environment, to farmers, and to eaters—of industrial agriculture, and the power and potential of sustainable farming.

These stories have shaped my understanding of our food—how we best grow food, and how we can ensure all have access to nourishing food—and shaped the story you hear in this film. This companion reading guide helps you dig deeper and learn more.

-Anna Lappé, Project Director

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