About the Book

Deeply Rooted

Deeply Rooted

Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness
May 2009
Hardcover · 304 Pages
$25.00 U.S. · €17.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781593761806


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A century of industrialization has left our food system riddled with problems, yet for solutions we look to nutritionists and government agencies, scientists and chefs. Lisa M. Hamilton asks: Why not look to the people who grow our food?

Hamilton makes this vital inquiry through the stories of three unconventional farmers: an African-American dairyman in Texas who plays David to the Goliath of agribusiness corporations; a tenth-generation rancher in New Mexico struggling to restore agriculture as a pillar of his crumbling community; and a modern pioneer family in North Dakota who is breeding new varieties of plants to face the future’s double threat: Monsanto and global warming. Threads of history and discussion weave through the tales, exploring how farmers have been pushed to the margins of agriculture and transformed from leaders to laborers.

These unusual characters and their surprising stories make the case that in order to correct what has gone wrong with the food system, we must first bring farmers back to the table.

About the Author

For more than ten years, writer and photographer Lisa M. Hamilton has been telling the stories of farmers in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Her work has been published in National Geographic Traveler, Harper’s, The Nation, Orion, and Gastronomica. She lives in Northern California.