Take a moment and really read this quote....let it sink in. This is such a fascinating book about the history of food and agriculture. This quote is the opening paragraph in the intro to this book. If you are looking for the answer(s) to how we ended up in our current food situation, Mark Bittman takes you on a journey outlining the history of food and how it has impacted our health, inequality, world politics (just to name a few) and resulted in the food like substances that now dominate our food selections. This is a must read.