Christopher D. Cook

Christopher D. Cook's work has appeared in Harper's, The Economist, the Christian Science Monitor and other publications. He is the author of Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis.

Recent Articles

Business, as Usual?

When president bush suddenly embraced wood chips and biofuels on national television, renewable energy producers received a prime-time injection of hope. Ethanol backers forecast a boon for farmers and the environment. Yet serious questions remain about whether ethanol merely enables our addiction to an unsustainable auto-centered society -- unless it's part of a broader shift in consumption and production. Equally critical is the matter of what a carbohydrate economy means for America's two million farmers (by no means a monolithic lot), and for the future of sustainable agriculture. Will biofuels benefit smaller growers, or just large-scale producers and agribusiness? How will pressures for increased production and reduced energy prices effect farmers? Would small and mid-sized growers fare any better in the energy economy than they have in a rapidly consolidating food economy that has driven so many off the land and into poverty? The stakes are significant: Protecting smaller-scale...