Summer reading for the planet

Written by Diana Nelson Jones on .

The Food Tank’s 2014 summer reading list is out for those of us who want food that is grown mindful of ecosystems, safety and health and humane animal husbandry.
These agriculture practices are the only ones that can sustain us all for the long haul. 
Much of the world is wading into the growing season and much of the world is hungry due to geopolitics, lack of capacity, lack of political will, trade embargoes and changes in climate norms that scientists are telling us will only worsen the situation.
The food think tank’s web site itself provides good reading, including this article, “Industrial Agriculture: Too Big to Succeed and this conversation about food waste.
This is not your grandmother’s food writing. 
Here are thumbnail descriptions of three of the 18 recommended reads:

Agri-culture: Reconnecting People, Land and Nature
by Jules Pretty

This book takes an in-depth look at the issues enveloped in the agriculture and food systems. Pretty emphasizes changing behaviors and reforming policies in order for an agricultural revolution to take place. He draws on stories of successful agricultural transformation in both developing and industrialized countries, calling on the next agricultural revolution.
Cooperative Farming: Frameworks for Farming Together
by Faith Gilbert

Gilbert designed this 54-page guidebook through interviews with 42 start-up and established collaborative farm projects across North America. She gathered input from 18 professionals and advisors, and 50 publications in cooperative development, farm business, finance, land access and more. This book highlights processes that make collaborations effective and function in order to provide mutual satisfaction and benefits.
Don't Cook the Planet: Deliciously Saving the Planet One Meal at a Time
by Emily Abrams

An 18 year old activist from Massachusetts, Abrams new cookbook features 70 recipes shared by celebrity and all-star chefs including, actor, producer and eco-activist Chevy Chase, MasterChef judge and acclaimed chef, Graham Elliot, and Stephanie Izard, Top Chef Star and executive chef at Girl & the Goat. This cookbook offers recipes and tips on how to minimize your carbon footprint. Abrams hope to impact her generation through this cookbook featuring positive food choices. 


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