In the introduction, Dr. Hesterman argues that the broader perspective he supposedly brings can facilitate a reformed "food system" that addresses the many social, environmental, and health problems associated with the present system. While the book provides interesting examples of how various food related issues are addressed in many different locales, it hardly outlines a broader vision of a different system than what can readily be found in other literature as well as in other media. Indeed, Dr. Hesterman's assertions of his own vast experience as well as his cheap shots at Michael Pollan make him come across as a bit of a grouch, and one wonders whether he harbors some bitterness over the successes other food writers have enjoyed. Also, emphasizing the supposedly bipartisan desire to address problems associated with the present food system, the book fails to provide a thorough analysis of the interests that benefits from the present structure and therefore fails to fully address many of the political and economic dimensions of potential reforms. But even though the book fails to deliver on the lofty promises set out in the introduction, it still provides useful information. I personally found its discussion on the Farm Bill informative. The final chapter provides an extensive array of organizations focused on various food related problems. Although not much is unique regarding the material on the problems with the food system (such as soil erosion, the aging farmer population, farm worker exploitation, urban food deserts, pesticide and fertilizer inputs, etc.), doesn't make these issues any less relevant. Furthermore, while I am not sold on all of the exemplified attempts at reform, many interesting ideas are put forth that could potentially be implemented in other settings.