Understanding Food Systems: Agriculture, Food Science, And Nutrition In The United States by Ruth MacdonaldUnderstanding Food Systems: Agriculture, Food Science, And Nutrition In The United States by Ruth Macdonald

Understanding Food Systems: Agriculture, Food Science, And Nutrition In The United States

byRuth Macdonald, Cheryll Reitmeier

Paperback | May 26, 2017

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Understanding Food Systems: Agriculture, Food Science, and Nutrition in the United Statesexplores 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.



  • 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
Dr. Ruth MacDonald is Professor and Chair, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, at Iowa State University, and the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She holds a PhD in Nutrition, minor in Food Science, and Masters in Nutrition, minor in Physiology from the University of Min...
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Title:Understanding Food Systems: Agriculture, Food Science, And Nutrition In The United StatesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:372 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:May 26, 2017Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0128044454

ISBN - 13:9780128044452

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Table of Contents

1. Ethics and Scientific Thinking 2. History of U.S. Agriculture and Food Production 3. Innovations in Agriculture 4. Food Animal Production 5. Human Resources in Agriculture 6. Food Processing 7. Food, Nutrition, and Human Health 8. Sustainability of the US Food Systems