Finding a Middle Way to Sustainable Food Systems




Apple Industry, Review


First paragraphs:

The premise of Susan Futrell’s Good Apples: Behind Every Bite is that by understanding the environmental, social, and economic issues affect­ing apples growers in America, the reader can better appreciate and support sustainable food systems. Futrell’s storytelling is grounded in her years of experience working in sustainable food distribution, which includes 25 years in sales and marketing for a cooperatively owned natural food distributor called Blooming Prairie Warehouse in the Midwest, and her current work with Red Tomato, a small nonprofit food hub based in Massachusetts, where she helped develop the Eco Apple® program.

From the beginning, Futrell resists the pressure to simplify and dichotomize complexities. Chapter 1, At the Intersection of Apples and Local, establishes this tone with her contextual consideration of how the term local is defined. Chapter 2, Immigrant Apples, reviews the history of apples in America. In it she discusses key historical figures and the emer­gence of seedling nurseries, apple varieties, grow­ers’ associations, and land-grant institutions. . . .


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Author Biography

Danielle Robinson, University of Guelph; Okanagan College

Ph.D. candidate, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph; teaches at Okanagan College

Cover of "Good Apples" by Susan Futrell



How to Cite

Robinson, D. (2019). Finding a Middle Way to Sustainable Food Systems. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 8(4), 211–213.