Diet for a hot planet : the climate crisis at the end of your fork and what you can do about it /

by Lappé, Anna.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, c2010Edition: 1st U.S. ed.Description: xxi, 313 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781596916593 (hc) :; 1596916591 (hc).Title notes: $24.00 5-2010 (db)Subject(s): Crops and climate | Food -- Environmental aspects | Climatic changes -- Effect of human beings onSummary: Discusses the effects of transporting food on the climate, how the food industry is becoming aware of its part in global warming, the emerging solutions from farmers, and the seven principles for a climate-friendly diet.
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<p>Beyond what we already know about "food miles" and eating locally, the global food system is a major contributor to climate change, producing as much as one-third of greenhouse gas emissions. How we farm, what we eat, and how our food gets to the table all have an impact. And our government and the food industry are willfully ignoring the issue rather than addressing it.</p> <p>In Anna Lappé's controversial new book, she predicts that unless we radically shift the trends of what food we're eating and how we're producing it, food system-related greenhouse gas emissions will go up and up and up. She exposes the interests that will resist the change, and the spin food companies will generate to avoid system-wide reform. And she offers a vision of a future in which our food system does more good than harm, with six principles for a climate friendly diet as well as visits to farmers who are demonstrating the potential of sustainable farming.</p> <p>In this measured and intelligent call to action, Lappé helps readers understand that food can be a powerful starting point for solutions to global environmental problems.</p>

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-285) and index.

Discusses the effects of transporting food on the climate, how the food industry is becoming aware of its part in global warming, the emerging solutions from farmers, and the seven principles for a climate-friendly diet.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. xi)
  • Introduction: Why This Book? (p. xiii)
  • How to Read This Book (p. xxi)
  • I Crisis
  • The Climate Crisis at the End of Our Fork (p. 3)
  • The Shape of Things to Come (p. 42)
  • II Spin
  • Blinded by the Bite (p. 59)
  • Playing with Our Food (p. 85)
  • Capitalizing on Climate Change (p. 115)
  • III Hope
  • Cool Food: Five Ingredients of Climate-Friendly Farming (p. 129)
  • Myth-Informed: Answering the Critics (p. 151)
  • The Hunger Scare (p. 165)
  • The Biotech Ballyhoo (p. 174)
  • 10 Eat the Sky: Seven Principles of a Climate-Friendly Diet (p. 201)
  • 11 Beyond the Fork (p. 230)
  • Conclusion (p. 249)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 253)
  • Notes (p. 255)
  • Selected Bibliography (p. 283)
  • Action & Learning Resources (p. 287)
  • Index (p. 297)

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Library Journal Review

Until recently, conversations about climate change have often overlooked the global food systems impact; this book is designed to change that. Lappe, whose mother wrote the now-classic Diet for a Small Planet in 1971, asserts that global food production accounts for as much as 30 percent of human-caused global warming effects. Contending that Western-style industrial agriculture causes most of the damage, the author proposes numerous ways big agricultural companies can improve their environmental track records. She rightly points out that consumers wield tremendous power in forcing companies to change, and she provides a helpful list of principles for a climate-friendly diet. Unfortunately, most of Lappe's arguments are one-sided rather than nuanced, a disappointment with such a complex public policy issue. Lacking scientific rigor, the book should be viewed as a consciousness raiser for general readers rather than those in an academic setting. VERDICT Lappe is a well-known environmental advocate, and her book will be heavily marketed; expect demand. Readers seeking practical advice on cooking and eating in environmentally healthy ways may prefer Mark Bittman's Food Matters or Kate Heyhoe's Cooking Green.-Kelsy Peterson, Prairie Village, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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