There’s lots of great industry data and info you can find online for free but some of the best information costs money. We’ve put together a collection of leading books that will help those who need to really get into the weeds of the food industry.


Bet the Farm: The Dollars and Sense of Growing Food in America Hardcover

“Bet the Farm” by Beth Hoffman is a detailed exploration of the economic challenges of starting a farm, blending the author’s experience as a journalist in food and agriculture with her personal journey into farming. The book delves into the realities of modern farming in America, including environmental and financial considerations and the impact of COVID-19. Buy it here>

Seed Money: Monsanto’s Past and Our Food Future

“Seed Money: Monsanto’s Past and Our Food Future” by Bartow J. Elmore is an in-depth look at Monsanto’s evolution from a small chemical firm to a global agribusiness leader, focusing on its impact on the food system and controversial practices. The book explores troubling aspects of Monsanto’s history, including environmental and health concerns related to its products, and examines how the company’s legacy continues to affect modern agriculture and food systems. Buy it here>

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

“Understanding Food Systems” by Ruth MacDonald and Cheryll Reitmeier is a comprehensive guide on the U.S. food system, covering agricultural production, food science, and nutrition. It explores the impact of technology in food production and processing, discusses the relationship between food systems and diet-related diseases, and addresses issues like food insecurity and accessibility, considering political, environmental, and ethical factors. Buy it here>

Food Law: Cases and Materials (Aspen Casebook)

“Food Law and Policy” from the Aspen Casebook Series, authored by Jacob E. Gersen, Margot J. Pollans, and Michael T. Roberts, is a comprehensive text on modern food law. Published on September 14, 2018, this extensive work of 1176 pages provides a detailed survey of the elements of modern food law. It significantly broadens the scope of traditional food and drug law topics, such as safety, marketing, and nutrition. Buy it here>

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