Food Rules

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Food Rules: An Eater's Manual Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143116387
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Published: Penguin Books - December 29th, 2009

A pocket-sized guide to health and food issues, with many of the sensible rules gathered from ethnic food ways. By the food and nutrition guru. ~ Reviewed by Louise Jones

Animal Factory

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Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312671747
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 15th, 2011

Finally, a book about factory farms that involves the direct negative impact on people, their communities, and the environment. This book doesn't even begin to discuss the animal welfare issues, and it's still packed with unsettling information about the problems with factory farms. It focuses on the stories of three different people and their battles with the CAFOs that come to their communities. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli


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Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World, 2nd Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603580564
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - September 1st, 2008

An environmental book full of hope! Gaviotas tells the story of the Utopian village created in Columbia that defied all the rules. They set out to prove that people living lightly could thrive, even in an impossible environment. In many ways their little village is more advanced than any major city in the world and it is certainly more sustainable. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli

Sleeping Naked Is Green

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Sleeping Naked Is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547073286
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - June 11th, 2009

This book is inspiring. And funny. And down to earth. Plus it's a great read. It's good information for environmentalists or just people curious at where to start. The green movement is often seen as either too extreme or just not enough, but Farquharson struggles to find a middle ground. Reading this book made it more apparent to me just how easy it could be to step up my own greening.

Because Farquharson is a journalist, her writing is interesting and engaging. She talks about the changes and why she made them, but also what the result is on her life as a a whole. Not to mention she's hilarious. The book isn't just a list of changes that you can make, it's a story about making a difference. At the end Farquharson isn't a preachy environmentalist. She sticks with her own changes, because she wants to and she's used to them. There's no denying that the story is an inspiration. It's a story about how little changes can make a big difference, not just to the Earth, but to your entire life. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli

The Bridge at the Edge of the World

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The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300151152
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Published: Yale University Press - March 10th, 2009

This is an ambitious book that looks at our current problem across boundaries. Our economic problems are related to our social problems are related to our environmental problems. Speth delves deeply into the massive challenges we face to avoid drastic changes to our quality of life on this planet. His basic question is, "how can the operating instructions for the modern world economy be changed so that economic activity both protects and restores the natural world?" He covers the market, our reliance on ceaseless growth, consumption, the corporation, the structure of capitalism, politics and consciousness. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060852566
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 29th, 2008

It's not a novel this time from Barbara Kingsolver, but this work of narrative nonfiction still satisfies. Part memoir, part agriculture education and all storytelling in the classic Kingsolver mode, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle documents her family's effort to spend one year eating only the food that they produced or that was grown in their community. While following the family's quest, you'll learn frightening facts about corporate agriculture, delicious recipes, and even the low-down on turkey sex. A celebration of those who work the land, this book could very well change the way you eat.


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