Food for a Greener Planet: What You Can Do

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What is "thinking green" about food? It means making eating choices that benefit the earth, other people, and our own health. Author Lisa A. Wroble explores the issue of sustainable food, including using more natural methods to produce crops and meat and attacking the problem of world hunger as well.

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Overview

What is "thinking green" about food? It means making eating choices that benefit the earth, other people, and our own health. Author Lisa A. Wroble explores the issue of sustainable food, including using more natural methods to produce crops and meat and attacking the problem of world hunger as well.

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School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Tackling a variety of green topics, these titles range from good to merely okay. "What You Can Do" appears on the cover of each one, but the quality, location, and presentation of this information varies greatly. Air Pollution is the best of the bunch as it contains a full chapter of proactive and practical ways that kids can make a difference. Minor problems show up in several titles: a mislabeled photograph, choppy sentences, confusing narrative, and some vagueness. The information is here, but it isn't consistently served up in the best package. There are plenty of quality titles on these topics available, including Robert Gardner's "Team Green Science Projects" (Enslow) series. Consider Air Pollution; skip the rest.—Heather Acerro, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Leis-Newman
Students will learn everything from how food is produced to bioengineering and food security in this look at how to "think green" about food. There is a lot of opportunity for biology and civics lessons stemming from here, such as how commercial farming and sustainable farming work, the controversy over cloned meat, the role of the Food and Drug Administration, and the impact of pesticides. Helpful tips include how to compost, buying locally, and a camp around eco-friendly living, all appropriate ideas for teenage students. Sidebars make some of the heavier material more digestible, tackling topics like "terroir farming" and how much protein a person needs. Some of it is a little technical, but shows Wroble did substantial research. It is a more upbeat look at what it means to be green than other books in the "Green Issues in Focus" series from Enslow Publishers, and a good way to introduce environmental issues. It is well-written and accurate, and will invoke curiosity in small doses. Health teachers should use it to supplement important lessons on how people eat, and how to make good choices, and social studies teachers will find helpful information that can explain issues around harvests and farming. Reviewer: Elizabeth Leis-Newman
VOYA - Karen Jensen
With the current cultural push to embrace green living, Enslow has put out a series titled Green Issues in Focus, which considers conserving and protecting water, green energy, solving the air pollution problem, food issues, and endangered animals. Each book contains a basic look at both sides of the issue and then presents a final chapter, "What You Can Do." Unloved and Endangered Animals discusses coral reefs, bees, bats, frogs, turtles, wolves, and sharks. Unfortunately, the final chapter gives little practical information and just mentions that awareness and education is key. Food for a Greener Planet is a good introduction to the concepts regarding farming and food and how it affects our health, our planet, and even world hunger. There is some basic discussion about genetic modification of food, factory farming, and cloning. The final chapter on being "truly green" provides more helpful information than the closing chapter in endangered animals. This series contains full-color graphics and helpful charts, graphs, and further reading resources. For example, the title on food has a chart that explains what various organic labels mean, such as "free range," "organic," and "bird friendly." Overall this series is a good introduction to the various green-living concepts that teens are hearing about in the world around them. In some of the titles, the "What You Can Do" section could have been more fully developed, but the titles are well organized, attractive, and easy to read. An insert in the book states that the list price of each title is and schools and libraries will receive a 25% percent discounted price of Recommend as a basic introduction to the concepts presented. (Green Issues in Focus) Reviewer: Karen Jensen
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Gr 6–9—Tackling a variety of green topics, these titles range from good to merely okay. "What You Can Do" appears on the cover of each one, but the quality, location, and presentation of this information varies greatly. Air Pollution is the best of the bunch as it contains a full chapter of proactive and practical ways that kids can make a difference. Minor problems show up in several titles: a mislabeled photograph, choppy sentences, confusing narrative, and some vagueness. The information is here, but it isn't consistently served up in the best package. There are plenty of quality titles on these topics available, including Robert Gardner's "Team Green Science Projects" (Enslow) series. Consider Air Pollution; skip the rest.—Heather Acerro, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766033498
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Series: Green Issues in Focus Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Teens Choosing "Green" Food 5

1 Food, Glorious Food 8

2 From Field to Fork 19

3 The Business of Growing Food 32

4 The Green Revolution 49

5 Food Security 59

6 The New Green Revolution 75

7 Being Truly "Green" 87

Chapter Notes 99

Glossary 106

Further Reading: Books and Internet Addresses 108

Index 110

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