Understanding Food Systems,
Edition 1 Agriculture, Food Science, and Nutrition in the United States
By Ruth MacDonald and Cheryll Reitmeier

Publication Date: 26 May 2017

Understanding Food Systems: Agriculture, Food Science, and Nutrition in the United States explores the complex and evolving system from which the United States gets its food. From farm, to home, and everything in-between, the authors use a scientific perspective that explains the fundamentals of agricultural production, food science, and human nutrition that will guide readers through the issues that shape our food system, including political, societal, environmental, economic, and ethical concerns.

Presenting the role and impact of technology, from production to processing and safety, to cultural and consumer behavior perspectives, the book also explores the link between food systems and the history of nutrients and diet patterns, and how these influence disease occurrence. Current topics of concern and debate, including the correlations between food systems and diet-related diseases, such as obesity and diabetes are explored, as are the history and current status of food insecurity and accessibility.

Throughout the text, readers are exposed to current topics that play important roles in personal food choices and how they influence components of the food system.

Key Features

  • Presents the evolution of the US food system, from historical beginnings, to current consumer and political roles and responsibilities
  • Provides farm to fork insights on production and consumption practices in the United States
  • Explores complex topics in call-out boxes throughout the text to help readers understand the various perspectives on controversial topics
About the author
By Ruth MacDonald, Food Science and Human Nutrition, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Human Sciences, CALS Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA and Cheryll Reitmeier, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA
Book details
ISBN: 9780128044452
Page Count: 372
Retail Price : £54.99
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Instructor Resources

Dietitians, Food Scientists,Nutrition Scientists; Health, nutrition, public policy students; agriculture students, sustainable agriculture students and researchers, Health care workers