• ISBN: 0-942850-32-7
  • ISBN13: 978-0942850321
  • Copyright 1991
  • 1994 pp.
  • Price: $7.95

Chicken Little

Tomato Sauce and Agriculture - Who will produce tomorrow's food?

By Joan Dye Gussow


In a science fiction classic published over 5 decades ago, readers were confronted with an arresting image of "Chicken Little", a legless, wingless, headless, featherless technological triumph, a giant mass of flesh fed by dozens of pipes from which daily slices are cut to feed a populace otherwise reduced to soyaburgers. Is there Chicken Little in our future? This book raises the very real possibility that there is and urges that this prospect be taken seriously and debated.

After a probing analysis of the present North American predicament in food and agriculture, the author explores competing alternatives for the future. One of these is large-scale industrial agriculture and a globalized oligopolistic food system - Chicken Little in the flesh. The other consists of smaller scale, more localized sustainable food systems based on the proposition that humans cannot escape - as we have tried to do in recent centuries - being part of nature.

What People are Saying...

Economics, nutrition, ecology and morality are all summoned by Joan Gussow to produce a war-cry for changing the way dinner comes to our tables......

Jim Hightower, former Texas Agriculture Commisioner and syndicated radio-host and columnist.

Both lay persons and agricultural professionals will want to read this beautifully writen, well-documented and persuasively argued book....

Garth Youngberg, Executive Director, Institute for Alternative Agriculture, Greenbelt, Maryland

Worried about the safety and wholesomeness of the food in your local supermarket? Concerned about the future of American food production? Here - at last - is a book that exposes and makes the connections between America's not-so-wholesome food supplies, its increasingly unnatural and unsustainable food production system, and the environmental problems that plague it and threaten our health....This should be required reading for everyone who cares about good food.

Paul R. Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University