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Good apples : behind every bite

Author: Susan Futrell
Publisher: University Of Iowa Press, 2017.
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Apples are so ordinary and so ubiquitous that we often take them for granted. Yet it is surprisingly challenging to grow and sell such a common fruit. In fact, producing diverse, tasty apples for the market requires almost as much ingenuity and interdependence as building and maintaining a vibrant democracy. Understanding the geographic, ecological, and economic forces shaping the choices of apple growers, apple  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Futrell, Susan, 1955-
Good apples.
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, [2017]
(DLC) 2017005563
(OCoLC)973733386
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Futrell
ISBN: 9781609384821 9781609384838 1609384830 1609384822
OCLC Number: 1086905777
Notes: At the intersection of apples and local -- Immigrant apple -- The people who grow the apples we eat -- Making apples -- Grafting remnants -- Give the people what they want -- Keeping the farm -- The enterprise of apples for sale -- Working apples -- Pests and public science -- Marketing the ideal -- A way forward.
Description: 1 online resource (269 pages :) illustrations
Responsibility: Susan Futrell.

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Apples are so ordinary and so ubiquitous that we often take them for granted. Yet it is surprisingly challenging to grow and sell such a common fruit. In fact, producing diverse, tasty apples for the market requires almost as much ingenuity and interdependence as building and maintaining a vibrant democracy. Understanding the geographic, ecological, and economic forces shaping the choices of apple growers, apple pickers, and apple buyers illuminates what's at stake in the way we organize our food system.Good Apples is for anyone who wants to go beyond the kitchen and backyard into the orchards, packing sheds, and cold storage rooms; into the laboratories and experiment stations; and into the warehouses, stockrooms, and marketing meetings, to better understand how we as citizens and eaters can sustain the farms that provide food for our communities. Susan Futrell has spent years working in sustainable food distribution, including more than a decade with apple growers. She shows us why sustaining family orchards, like family farms, may be essential to the soul of our nation.

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