Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020) is an unsettling journey into the disaster-bound American food system, and an exploration of possible solutions, from leading food politics commentator and former farmer Tom Philpott.
than a decade after Michael Pollan's game-changing The Omnivore's
Dilemma transformed the conversation about what we eat, a combination
of global diet trends and corporate interests have put American
agriculture into a state of "quiet emergency," from
dangerous drought in California--which grows more than 50 percent of
the fruits and vegetables we eat--to catastrophic topsoil loss in the
"breadbasket" heartland of the United States. Whether or
not we take heed, these urgent crises of industrial agriculture will
define our future.
Perilous Bounty, veteran journalist and former farmer Tom Philpott
explores and exposes the small handful of seed and pesticide
corporations, investment funds, and magnates who benefit from the
trends that imperil us, with on-the-ground dispatches featuring the
scientists documenting the damage and the farmers and activists who
are valiantly and inventively pushing back.
scarcity looms on the horizon, but rather than pointing us toward an
inevitable doomsday, Philpott shows how the entire wayward ship of
American agriculture could be routed away from its path to disaster.
He profiles the farmers and communities in the nation's two key
growing regions developing resilient, soil-building, water-smart
farming practices, and readying for the climate shocks that are
already upon us; and he explains how we can help move these methods
from the margins to the mainstream.
Splitter is an independent journalist covering food, farming,
science, and climate.
Jenny Splitter is a a D.C.-based writer covering food, agriculture, climate and technology for outlets including Forbes, Civil Eats, Observer, OneZero, The Washington Post, Popular Mechanics, New York Magazine and Mental Floss.