Food, Inc. How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer—And What You Can Do About It Summary

The SQUEEZE: Today’s agribusiness practices have been called into question by leading industry experts and thinkers. Do we truly know what we are eating? This is the question that Karl Webber poses in Food, Inc. How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer—And What You Can Do About It. Webber’s book consists of 25 essays where multiple authors pose and answer the same question and base their assumptions and views on current statistics and policies. The essays are primarily for experts in the field, but also provide knowledge for the lay. Webber and his colleagues discuss the influence of genetically modified foods, genetically engineered foods, and the secretive stance of major corporations. By the end of Food, Inc., Webber suggests that we adopt a sustainable family farm environment stance where animals are treated humanely and argues for the necessity of producing food cheaply.

Notable Endorsement: “Those of us who avoid junk food, with many sighs of relief and self-approval, may still be eating junk a good deal of the time. This enraging fact, which will not surprise anyone who has read such muckraking books as Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation (2001) and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma (2006), is one of the discomforting meanings of the powerful new documentary Food, Inc., an angry blast of disgust aimed at the American food industry.” –David Denby, New Yorker

Common Q’s Answered by this Book:

  • What is agribusiness?
  • What are examples of “frankenfoods”?
  • What are genetically modified (GM) foods?
  • What are genetically engineered (GE) foods?
  • What is a sustainable family farm environment?


About the Author: Karl Webber is a writer, editor, and book developer. Webber has contributed over 25 years of service to the book publishing industry. His range of interests includes general interest non-fiction with emphases in personal finance, politics, current affairs, history, self-help, and personal development. Webber’s most recent projects include Creating a World Without Poverty, a New York Times Bestseller; What Happened: Inside the Bush White House; and an edited work titled Washington’s Culture of Deception, written by Scott McClellan (2008). Webber has co-authored books with Muhammad Yunus and edited companion works. For more information, visit:


Book Vitals:

  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant (June 2012)

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