The Green Foodprint

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Millions of people realize that their food choices can help-or hurt-the earth. They want to reduce their "food footprint," but with so many decisions to make (omnivore or vegetarian, organic or conventional, local or global), how is a busy person to navigate all the possibilities? The Green Foodprint: Food Choices for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet is a concise, easy-to-read, and practical guide through the new world of healthful food that is also easier on the environment. The book is packed with inspiring ...
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Overview

Millions of people realize that their food choices can help-or hurt-the earth. They want to reduce their "food footprint," but with so many decisions to make (omnivore or vegetarian, organic or conventional, local or global), how is a busy person to navigate all the possibilities? The Green Foodprint: Food Choices for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet is a concise, easy-to-read, and practical guide through the new world of healthful food that is also easier on the environment. The book is packed with inspiring facts and stories about how readers can make a big difference with a few wise decisions.

Appealing to a wide range of readers and eaters, The Green Foodprint describes five memorable guidelines, and the many healthful, earth-friendly options available within each guideline. Against the background of a flawed industrial food system, the book highlights positive changes and the power of citizens to help themselves and the earth with their food choices.

Likely audiences include people interested in sustainability, students and educators at all levels from middle school through university, health care providers, nutritionists, people concerned about their health, environmentalists, journalists, foodies, animal lovers, vegetarians, and parents of young children.

Why is this book unique? Trade books on the environment fall into two broad categories: long, detailed narratives, exposes, or descriptions of specific industries; and lifestyle overview surveys that offer checklists for actions individuals can take. The former tend to be very detailed and depressing, leaving readers to deduce what to do. The latter tend to be superficial and try to cover too many aspects of American life.

The Green Foodprint combines the best of both. It covers one domain-food-and shows how readers can make earth-friendly choices that have proven results. The book gives them enough information so they can appreciate the challenges we face, and also lists specific actions they can take. Rather than preaching a single approach, the book offers assurance that there are many earth-friendly food options and the encouragement to select the ones that make the most sense for each individual reader. Set off in an easy-to-read format are dozens of inspiring vignettes of real individuals and groups that are healing our food world.

155 pages, plus sources and index. Second edition (new title). Foreword by John Robbins, author of the groundbreaking book The Food Revolution.

The Green Foodprint is highly recommended by experts in the worlds of food, environment, and health.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Environmental educator Riebel's updated and expanded follow-up to Eating to Save the Earth is a congenial treatise on the importance of conscious eating. Her equation is simple: wise food choices equal greater personal and planetary health. With appealing can-do spirit, Riebel resists bashing the prime suspects behind global warming, diminishing natural resources, and epidemic rates of obesity and life-threatening diseases. Instead, she describes efforts made by various people, businesses, and public and nonprofit organizations to lighten individual and collective "foodprints"—the toxic waste created by the production, distribution, and consumption of food and beverages. Riebel offers tips and case studies for developing Earth-friendly practices: eating seasonally, purchasing organic whole foods, limiting intake of meat, dairy, eggs, and fish, supporting local farmers, developing a diverse diet, and living sustainably at home, work, and in the community. Some readers may be surprised to learn that simply covering pots when cooking significantly cuts energy use, that soaping hands before turning on the faucet saves gallons of water, and that not stocking up on perishables prevents waste. Most importantly, Riebel makes it clear that even with little time, money, and effort, everyone can do something kind for themselves and the earth by eating smart.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983305118
  • Publisher: Print and Pixel Books
  • Publication date: 4/3/2011
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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