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Foreword Bill McKibben xiii
Introduction: Why This Book? xv
How to Read This Book xxiii
1 The Climate Crisis at the End of Our Fork 3
2 The Shape of Things to Come 42
3 Blinded by the Bite 59
4 Playing with Our Food 85
5 Capitalizing on Climate Change 115
6 Cool Food: Five Ingredients of Climate-Friendly Farming 129
7 Myth-Informed: Answering the Critics 151
8 The Hunger Scare 165
9 The Biotech Ballyhoo 174
10 Eat the Sky: Seven Principles of a Climate-Friendly Diet 201
11 Beyond the Fork 230
Afterword: Biting into a Gloom and Hope Sandwich 253
Selected Bibliography 289
Action & Learning Resources 293
Posted August 11, 2011
Anna is a great writer and creates a compelling case for changing how we eat on a daily basis. I highly recommend this book!
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Posted May 14, 2010
The book achieves an effective fusion of climate change and food security issues presented in an engaging style and accompanied by many excellent resources for further investigation of areas of particular interest to the reader. It provides a useful handbook for addressing the challenges that face us as individuals, as citizens, and as members of the world community as we attempt to take responsibility for the anthropic components of climate disruption and food insecurity and seek to mitigate them. Anna Lappe does an excellent job of explaining the problems, identifying concrete actions we all can take to help solve them, and never losing sight of hope, that "thing with feathers" without which we are surely lost. I was especially pleased with her skillful opposition to the proponents of GMOs. Rational arguments such as those she puts forward will have greater effect in ending this frightening experiment with our ecosystem than all the chants and signs of protesters. In her treatments of agribusiness, genetic engineering, and the opponents of organic farming, she brilliantly reveals that all these who would be kings are wearing garments of air. This should be on the required reading list of every high school in the world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I was lucky enough, to hear Anna Lappe speak at Spokane Community College, in April 2010. Having grown up in a small farm town, I never realized how important eating fresh foods really were because it was an everyday thing. We had a huge pesticide free garden in our backyard. Anna really brings to life the importance of not only watching what you eat but what's really in your food. If anything I suggest that everyone take a look at the chapter about a pop tart or a Twinkie deconstructed. Her break down of a Pop Tart and the true Ingredients was ravishing and completely changed my views on this tasty breakfast treat. I would recommend this book to everyone, either it be you have an interest in organics or just how to get a better understanding about Industrial food production. The book is great, and full of fun facts about food. This book is so easy to read and follow, if you want to read it cover to cover or maybe just a few chapters a night. I give this book a 5 star along with the interest in exploring other Anna Lappe titles like GRUB. I will report on this title soon.
Thank you for your time reading my review,
The Traveling Chef
I recently received this book as a contest prize from Good Reads First Reads. I've always been concerned with the issue of climate change. However, I wasn't aware that food production contributed as much to it as it does. Its common sense, actually, but most of us don't think about it.
The author brings into focus the fact that industrialized food production makes a significant contribution to the greenhouse gases currently causing the problem of climate change; from the actual growth of genetically modified feed, to the production of chemical fertilizers and pesticides through the raising of crops and livestock all the way to the store and eventually to your table.
Until I read this book, I did not know that only growing one crop in a field over and over using chemical fertilizers and pesticides caused the soil to erode and release carbon into the atmosphere. Ms. Lappe points out that by using sustainable farming methods (natural fertilizers as well as planting a variety of crops) would reduce carbon emissions and help to restore the topsoil.
I was also unaware that a huge amount of methane was being produced by livestock and their waste. Most of this is caused by feeding them food other than grass. Their waste is drained into "cesspits" that do not allow it to break down properly, so more methane is released. By allowing them to feed naturally and by recycling their waste as fertilizer, methane and carbon emissions could be reduced. Also, reducing the number of livestock being raised could reduce it further.
One of the things discussed is to "buy local". I've always been a proponent of that. When you buy locally, you help to reduce emissions from transport vehicles. Why buy fruits and vegetables raised across the country when you can buy the same thing raised nearer your community?
Speaking to a number of experts and travelling to various places around the world, Ms. Lappe discovered that more people are returning to the time-tested methods of farming. They are thumbing their noses at the big agribusiness companies like Monsanto and Archer Daniels Midland. Using sustainable methods, these people have brought land back to life and are producing more than enough food for their communities.
I have to say that this book was an eye-opener for me. I learned that industrialized food production is energy intensive (from creation of the fertilizers to the lighting of the barns to the creation of packaging) and is heavily dependent on fossil fuels. I also learned that there are ways to slow down and reduce the greenhouse gases from food production.
And, now, after reading this book, I may never look at (or eat) a Pop Tart the same way again.
Posted February 13, 2011
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