Sustainable Food Resources

Here are some resources to keep you informed and help you take action on important food issues.

 The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan
A bible of sustainable food that has introduced “local” and “grass-fed” to so many thousands. A great read for anyone looking to gain a new perspective on food and the way we eat.

In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan
A continuation on the subject of Pollan’s previous book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma. While Omnivore brings to light many of the problems surrounding our current industrialized agriculture system, In Defense of Food illustrates some guidelines to eating, shopping and cooking, and how to embrace a more sustainable food system.

Diet for a Hot Planet, Anna Lappe
Lappe plunges into the heart of this era’s newest food fight with a simple message: if we are serious about addressing climate change, we have to talk about food.
She voices the dreams, tales, and warnings of the farmers and eaters at the front lines of this battle, and in visiting some of the world’s most robust and vibrant sustainable farms, she explores the potential for sustainable agriculture to mitigate emissions.

Food Fight: The Citizens' Guide to a Food and Farm Bill, Daniel Imhoff
The Farm Bill is an important piece of legislation that comes out once every seven years. Imhoff’s book, which came out just before the latest farm bill, tries to simplify an incredibly complex piece of legislation and outlines some of the many sectors of our life the bill impacts.

 Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser
A modern day The Jungle, Fast Food Nation exposes the reality of what goes in to the making of our fast food, from animal rights issues behind livestock rearing to the fascinating science that goes into creating each flavor in today’s Big Mac.

Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture, Andrew Kimbrell
In addition, there is a reader version of this coffee table book, which is slightly less pricey and more portable. The larger version, however, comes with hundreds of poignant photographs documenting the state of agriculture in the U.S. Both books are full of essays from top thinkers in the field of sustainable agriculture like Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson.

Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, and Fair, Carlo Petrini
The founder of the slow food movement discusses the global food system and how we need to address production and consumption so that what we eat is good, clean, and fair.

 Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Food and Health, Marion Nestle
In this book Marion Nestle, a ubiquitous name in the field of food and public health, vividly illustrates food politics in action: how the food industry uses lobbyists and other means to gain the ear of policy makers and federal agencies, and the impact that has had on our own health. When it comes to the mass production and consumption of food, strategic decisions are driven by economics—not science, not common sense, and not health.

 Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty, Mark Winnie
This tells the story of how we get our food: from poor people at food pantries or bodegas and convenience stores to the more comfortable classes, who increasingly seek out organic and local products. Winne's exploration starts in the 1960s, when domestic poverty was "rediscovered," and shows how communities since that time have responded to malnutrition with a slew of strategies and methods.

Everything I want to do is Illegal, Joel Salatin
With decades' experience as an ecological farmer and marketer, Salatin humorously explains why we do not have the freedom to choose the food they purchase and eat. From child labor regulations to food inspection, bureaucrats make sole discretion over what food is available in the local marketplace. Their system favors industrial, corporate food systems and discourages community-based food commerce. Salatin's expert insight explains why local food is expensive and difficult to find, and illuminates a deeper understanding of the industrial food complex.

Food, Inc.
Food, Inc. exposes America's industrialized food system and its effect on our environment, health, economy and workers' rights.

Online Resources - for all the latest information

Civil Eats offers news about food and how it relates to policy, the environment, and our culture

Hand-Picked Nation shares farmers' stories and the bounty - and trials - of growing food

 Food Politics - This blog highlights the business perspective of food, how people lose out when food is looked at purely for profit

 Food Routes helps determine how far your food has traveled, and how you can buy more locally, creating a smaller footprint on the Earth

 Farm Sanctuary reveals the dastardly truth about how factory-farmed food animals are treated, and gives permanent "new leases on life" to the  animals they help rescue

The Bite Blog -  A project of the Small Planet Institute

 Animal Welfare Approved reviews and audits family farms to ensure animals are raised humanely, from birth to slaughter

  Fresh  is an independent film which highlights in a new light what we eat

 The Opinionator - Mark Bittman asks why GMO foods aren't labeled

Label it Yourself Campaign, an on-going citizen-based effort to create truth in labeling

Center for Science in the Public Interest - The organized voice of the American public on nutrition, food safety, health and other issues

Eat Well Guide - Find farms, restaurants, markets, and more

Organic Consumers Association sheds light for justice, peace, health, sustainability, and democracy


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