694″ />A VOCAL American advocate of ‘local food’, Mark Winne, argues in his latest book, Food Rebels, Guerilla Gardeners and Smart Cookin’ Mamas, that the clash between the industrial-food system and the alternative-food system is undermining health, environment and democracy . He told Culinate’s Amy Halloran that ‘we need to get our hands in the soil, our vegetables on the chopping block and our voices down at city hall’. Winne, who for 25 years was the director of an emergency food programme in Hartford, Connecticut, says that moves by local communities to reject the dominant ‘industrial-food’ system by turning urban wastelands into farms, creating local dairy collectives, preserving farmland, and refusing to use genetically-modified seed offer hope for enduring change.