Interview With Dr. Jayson Lusk, Part 2: Recommended Reading

Readers, today we've got the conclusion to our fascinating interview (here's Part 1) with Jayson Lusk, professor of Agriculture Economics at the University of Oklahoma and the author of the intriguing and controversial book The Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto About the Politics of Your Plate. If you're at all curious to learn more about the food industry, you're in luck: today, Dr. Lusk shares a exceptional list of books, online resources and people to follow. Enjoy!

Once again, I'd like to extend a grateful thank you to Dr. Lusk for spending so much time sharing his views, perspective and resources here.
CK: Who else do you follow and respect on your side of the debate over food? What authors, books, or food industry figures would you recommend to Casual Kitchen readers interested in learning more about your perspective on the food industry?

JL: I’m not sure if I have a "side" but here are a few thoughts in no particular order.

First, books:
In Meat We Trust: An Unexpected History of Carnivore America by Maureen Ogle

Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know by Robert Paarlberg. Also see his book Starved for Science: How Biotechnology Is Being Kept Out of Africa

No More Food Fights! Growing a Productive Farm and Food Conversation by Michele Payn-Knoper

Fat Politics: The Real Story behind America's Obesity Epidemic by Eric Oliver

The Obesity Myth: Why America's Obsession with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health by Paul Campos

Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly by James E. McWilliams

The Locavore's Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet by Pierre Desrochers (Note: readers, I'm reading this book right now, and it's quite interesting)

The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World by Bjørn Lomborg

Here's a very incomplete list of people who I enjoy reading and following on Twitter (though I do not always agree with them): [Ed: be sure to follow Jayson Lusk on Twitter too!]

Bjørn Lomborg (an ardent defender of cost-benefit analysis),
Baylen Linnekin (a libertarian and free-market food advocate),
Cami Ryan (an agricultural advocate),
Jude Capper (an animal scientist),
Rachel Lauden (a food historian),
Keith Kloor (an environmentalist and defender of biotechnology).

Finally, some of the best and accessible information on economics is Russ Robert’s Econtalk podcasts (he has several episodes on food). For accessible information on agricultural economics, see Choices Magazine or Farmdoc Daily or, of course, my blog:

CK: Thank you Jason!!

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