PRAISE FOR MOBILIZE FOOD!
Persuasive argument for all-hands-on-deck
"Today, Boyle argues persuasively, we need an all-hands-on-deck mobilization to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and slow our precipitous fall off the climate change cliff. And her research into how the U.K. mobilized wartime food production and distribution, presented in lucid prose with lots of moving interviews with former U.K. residents, suggests many steps we could take in Canada to reduce the environmental footprint of our food and thus reduce and mitigate some of climate change’s worst impacts. We should listen to prophetic voices like Boyle’s while we still can. Highly recommended."
— Tom Sandborn, Vancouver Sun Oct. 28, 2022
Empowers and conscientizes
"We face a 'mighty challenge' ... and although food is not the only cause of global warming and climate change, it is one of the places where we can start. As M.S. Prakash, (1995) says, 'beginning with basics like the food we uncritically consume several times a day… empowers and conscientizes us to make radical changes.' Eleanor Boyle’s Mobilize Food! Wartime Inspiration for Environmental Victory Today does that."
— Mary Gale Smith, BC Review Nov. 18, 2022 and BCFoodHistory.ca
Emergency mobilizations need to look and sound like emergencies
“Mobilize Food! brings together an inspiring history with an urgent call to re-imagine food and agriculture systems and practices in the present. Chock-full of fascinating wartime history, it is a lovely reminder of how, with the right kind of leadership, the public can be rallied to dramatically rethink its diet and agricultural producers can quickly repurpose their activities. Importantly, Boyle emphasizes that mobilization requires equity—it did in the war and does again in the present—and that equity and improved wellbeing can be achieved even in the context of sacrifice and a great societal undertaking. Boyle recounts how wartime rationing actually improved nutrition and population health. She highlights the role of mass communications, driving home that emergency mobilizations need to look and sound like emergencies. As was the case in World War II, Boyle urges that needed transformation not be left to voluntary measures and that leadership and coordination on the part of government is essential if we are to rapidly shift our agricultural systems to carbon zero.”
— Seth Klein, Author of A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency
A brilliant book that could not be more timely
“A brilliant book that could not be more timely. Understanding the profound role of food in peace and especially in war opens our eyes to the risks and opportunities facing us as climate chaos looms. Not only do lessons from WWII Britain teach us how to survive the coming disruption, they show us how to mitigate the crisis and improve the outlook. Eleanor Boyle's lucid, encouraging book hands us a strong new tool in the arsenal to fight the climate emergency and more. Read and circulate it. The book is much needed.”
— Tara Cullis, President, David Suzuki Foundation
Radical but do-able
“As an anti-poverty activist, I feel it’s important to probe what has proven to be effective as well as ineffective interventions as we seek to challenge food insecurity, protect our right to food, and democratize nutrition. Eleanor Boyle’s distillation of wartime food lessons clearly and thoughtfully helps us do that. It paints the picture of an effort that was imperfect but bold, and that was radical but do-able and with benefits for previously food insecure citizens during that time.”
— Paul M. Taylor, Executive Director, FoodShare Toronto
Solutions are right in front of us
“So often hunger, diet-related illnesses, and agricultural crises seem insurmountable problems that only get worse each year. Eleanor Boyle’s Mobilize Food! reminds us that concrete do-able solutions are right in front of us. Drawing on the positive experiences of food in Britain in World War II as well as creative programs being implemented now, Boyle advances clear solutions. Public Health, Public Education, Public Libraries, Public Housing—it is time for a Public Food System and a Ministry of Food!”
— Debbie Field, Coordinator, Coalition for Healthy School Food (Canada)