The following books are on our top reads for those interesting in exploring the relationship of food and climate, and in understanding the ethical and spiritual connections to the challenges ahead.
|The Family Cooks:
100 + Recipes to Get Your Family Craving Food That’s Simple
A call to action for parents, kids, and anyone who eats to start cooking their own meals again. For families, eating right has become a monumental challenge. Cultural messages convince us that we no longer have time to cook, and food marketers spend billions persuading us that packaged, processed food is convenient, satisfying…and the key to happiness. Half of all our meals are now eaten outside the home. The result? Skyrocketing rates of heart disease and diabetes and unprecedented levels of childhood obesity. This crisis is movingly portrayed in author and activist Laurie David’s new documentary (co-executive produced with Katie Couric), Fed Up! In The Family Cooks: 100+ Recipes to Get Your Family Craving Food That’s Simple, Tasty, and Incredibly Good for You, David inspires parents and kids to take control of what they eat by making it themselves.
|Faith in Food
Changing the World One Meal at at Time
Eating is a moral act: our choices of what, when, and how we eat have a huge impact on the Earth, our fellow human beings, and other living creatures. This book presents a unique vision, combining essays, scripture, story-telling, recipes, initiatives, and general wisdom in one beautifully produced book, all seeking to change our relationship with what we eat and how we obtain our food. Altogether this is a groundbreaking collaboration among Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism, and Hinduism, alongside secular organizations, to get people thinking, acting and eating with a new consciousness. Includes dual measures.
|Diet for a Hot Planet
The importance the climate-friendly food shift
Beyond what we already know about “food miles” and eating locally, the global food system is a major contributor to climate change, producing as much as one-third of greenhouse gas emissions. How we farm, what we eat, and how our food gets to the table all have an impact. And our government and the food industry are willfully ignoring the issue rather than addressing it. Lappé predicts that unless we radically shift the trends of what food we’re eating and how we’re producing it, food system-related greenhouse gas emissions will go up and up and up. And she offers a vision of a future in which our food system does more good than harm, with six principles for a climate friendly diet as well as visits to farmers who are demonstrating the potential of sustainable farming.
|Local: The New Face of Food and Farming in America
Combining visuals with insights and a lexicon of more than 200 agricultural terms and principles explained by today’s most innovative thought leaders, Local showcases and explores how to create a food system that benefits the environment and the people living in it.The book includes photographs and interviews from today’s foremost practitioners in food and farming, as well as farmers, fishermen, and dairy producers across the United States. Local blends their insights with information artworks and Gayeton’s Lexicon of Sustainability, which defines and de-mystifies hundreds of terms like “food security,” “grassfed” and “cage free”. In doing so, Gayeton helps people understand how these terms impact their lives. He also includes “eco tips” and other information on how the sustainable movement affects us all, every day. Local educates, engages, and inspires people to pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy, and where their responsibility begins for creating a healthier, safer food system in America.