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 knowledgefalsely 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 readindividuals, 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.
|Publisher:||Langdon Street Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.50(d)|
Table of Contents
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite Food Choice and Sustainability, by Dr. Richard Oppenlander, is a non-fiction tome with the proactive subtitle: Why buying local, eating less meat, and taking baby steps won't work. As Dr. Richard Oppenlander states in the preface, Food Choice and Sustainability is “not about what to eat, it's about accurately defining 'sustainability' as it relates to food choices and making a fundamental change in our lives to better achieve it.” While the modern movement to reverse global warming is mostly focused on things like changing out light bulbs or using ethanol to power more energy efficient cars, Dr. Richard Oppenlander points out that our largely animal-based diet does more to strip the Earth of finite resources and expand our carbon footprint that any gas-guzzler currently on the market. He encourages us to stop using the term 'sustainability' in a short-sighted manner and to encompass a larger range of issues that include both plants and animals. Dr. Oppenlander doesn't settle for any easy answers or pat solutions but, while I could sense that he was passionate about his subject and found myself agreeing with many of his points, Food Choice and Sustainability makes for rather dry reading. It lacked the punch of other social-conscious works such as Waiting for Superman, An Inconvenient Truth, or Fast-Food Nation, which is unfortunate because the information is very good and is one that needs to be spread.
I've been a vegetarian for a few years, and while conscious that I was making a more environmentally-friendly and humane choice, only after reading this book have I become aware of the extent that eating animals and animal by-products contributes to environmental degradation. The book, though a bit repetitive, I found enlightening and thought-provoking in a straight-forward manner. When I'm asked why I'm a vegetarian (now vegan), I now have a complete answer, backed by a simple formula: animals are eating the food that we could instead eat directly, requiring more land use, biodiversity loss, and numerous other disadvantages. A must-read for everyone, but particularly those interested in how food effects humans as well as the world around us.
I was a vegetarian for 15 years and I always thought that I was helping. As I read this book I realized that everyone needs to do a little. If a few people do a little then it will not matter. I also learned a lot about other countries and how their resources are also getting depleted like ours, even poverty stricken countries. I am going to try to do more to save our world. There is so much information in this book. There are studies, laws, and even guides from our government. There are so many things that are a part of sustainability that I have never even thought of before. Pet food, cage free products, Omega 3s, and other items that I learned so much about. There were a lot of things that I read that affect me personally. I am giving this book a 5/5. There is so much information in this book. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.