Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 456–457 | Cite as

Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle. Grain by grain: a quest to revive ancient wheat, rural jobs, and healthy food

Washington, Covelo, London: Island Press, 2019
  • Gary S. Silverman
Book Review

Many excellent books extoll the virtues of changing the way we eat and changing the way we farm. Several written by Michael Pollan may best exemplify this movement (led by The Omnivore’s Dilemma), as well as personal narratives by other popular authors (such as Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life.) Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle provide a nice addition to this rapidly growing genre in their book Grain by Grain, A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs and Healthy Food. It also is a personal narrative, relating Mr. Quinn’s journey from farmer, to scientist, to farming innovator and entrepreneur. It is a fun book to read, written at an easy conversational level, and provides a lot of useful information. It should be a good addition to anyone exploring the food movement toward sustainable and organic farming and could be useful reading yoked to critical analysis of this approach as part of a university course focused on food production.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of the Environment and Sustainability, Bowling Green State University and Department of Public Health SciencesUniversity of North CarolinaCharlotteUSA
  2. 2.BlacksburgUSA

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