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Food Choice and Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won't Work

Food Choice and Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won't Work

by Richard A. Oppenlander


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What we choose to eat is killing our planet and us, yet use of the word 'sustainable' is ubiquitous.

Explanation of this incongruity lies in the fact that sustainability efforts are rarely positioned to include food choice in an accurate manner. This is due to a number of influencing cultural, social, and political factors that disable our food production systems and limit our base of knowledge—falsely guiding us on a path of pseudo sustainability, while we devastate the ecosystems that support us, cause mass extinctions, and generate narrowing time lines that will ultimately jeopardize our very survival as a civilization.

Food Choice and Sustainability is a groundbreaking new book that anyone who cares about our future and that of other species should read—individuals, academic institutions, businesses, organizations, and policy makers. Categories of global depletion are detailed, widely held myths are debunked, critical disconnects are exposed, and profound solutions are offered.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626524354
Publisher: Langdon Street Press
Publication date: 11/19/2013
Pages: 498
Sales rank: 557,106
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Preface xv

Introduction to Awareness and Food Choice xix

1 Climate Change and the Easiest Way to Mitigate It 1

2 Depletion of Land and Fresh Water 39

3 Our Oceans and Aquaculture 115

4 The World of Food Choice Disconnects, and Becoming Connected 160

5 Why Should I Pay for What Everyone Else Decides to Eat? 255

6 To Ponder: Perspectives on Another Dimension 288

7 Agricultural Systems and Accountability 302

8 Animals and Biodiversity 351

Closing Thoughts 405

Endnotes 407

Index 435

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