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America now imports twice as much food as it did a decade ago. Imports account for 86 percent of America’s seafood, 50 percent of its fresh fruit, and 18 percent of its fresh vegetables. But what does this increased reliance on imported food mean for the people around the globe who produce our food? Kelsey Timmerman, author of the acclaimed Where Am I Wearing?, traveled around the world to find out, meeting the farmers and fishermen who grow and catch our food. Timmerman worked alongside them: diving for lobster in Nicaragua, harvesting bananas during a monsoon in Costa Rica, splitting cocoa beans with a machete in Ivory Coast, picking coffee beans on a dangerous mountainside in Colombia, and hauling tomatoes in Indiana. Where Am I Eating? explores the global food economy and the issues surrounding it–globalization, workers and human rights, modern-day slavery, the global food crisis, fair trade, and immigration.

Before your next sip of coffee or bite of chocolate discover how each of your small choices have shaped the lives of a worker thousands of miles away.


Other Books by Kelsey Timmerman

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Where Am I Wearing? - Kelsey Timmerman
Call Number: 338.4 Ti 5, wh
ISBN: 9781118277553
Publication Date: 2012-04-24


Where Am I Eating?


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I loved this book. It sheds light on the global food economy through personal stories of the people who grow our food. It changes the way you think about what (or where) you are eating but doesn't pretend to have all of the solutions. Having grown up on a small dairy farm in Michigan I can relate to some of the stories and how hard my parents worked to make ends meet. If you enjoy adventure, touring, agriculture, and revelations about the corporations that most of us buy from, this is the book for you!

-J. Roper, Amazon

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In Where Am I Eating? Timmerman travels to Colombia, Costa Rica, the Ivory Coast, Nicaragua, and China and recounts fascinating details of the lives of the workers he met.

You can’t get much more hands on then Timmerman does on his expedition.  He spends days as a banana worker in Costa Rica, a coffee harvester in Colombia, and an apple juice “investigator” in China.

I found his stories eye-opening and his tone conversational. He is not preaching nor advocating for or against the globalization of food. Timmerman writes as (I imagine) he speaks – resulting in an approachable read.

As someone who can admittedly get a little intense about food labels and expiration dates I found the book interesting, and also humbling. I may have known about the origin of my daily grub but I realized I was ignorant to the lives of those people that are responsible for it. I have a deeper appreciation for food and for issues such as fair trade, immigration and slavery after reading this book.

-Review by Beth Funari, writer, Green Philly


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