Best Agriculture & Food Policy Books
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1. Oneness vs. the 1%: Shattering Illusions, Seeding Freedom
Author: by Vandana Shiva
Published at: Chelsea Green Publishing (August 31, 2020)
With a new epilogue about Bill Gates’s global agenda and how we can resist the billionaires’ war on life This is what globalization looks like: Opportunism.Exploitation. Further centralization of power. Further disempowerment of ordinary people…. Vandana Shiva is an expert whose analysis has helped us understand this situation much more deeply.
Russell Brand Widespread poverty, social unrest, and economic polarization have become our lived reality as the top 1% of the world’s seven-billion-plus population pushes the planetand all its peopleto the social and ecological brink.In Oneness vs. The 1%, Vandana Shiva takes on the billionaire dictators of Gates, Buffet, and Mark Zuckerberg, as well as other modern empires like Big Tech, Big Pharma, and Big Ag, whose blindness to the rights of people, and to the destructive impact of their construct of linear progress, have wrought havoc across the world.
Their single-minded pursuit of profit has undemocratically enforced uniformity and monocultures, division and separation, monopolies and external controlover finance, food, energy, information, healthcare, and even relationships. Basing her analysis on explosive facts, Shiva exposes the 1%’s model of philanthrocapitalism, which is about deploying unaccountable money to bypass democratic structures, derail diversity, and impose totalitarian ideas based on One Science, One Agriculture, and One History.
2. Food Fix: How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Communities, and Our Planet–One Bite at a Time
Author: by Dr. Mark Hyman MD
Published at: Little, Brown Spark; Illustrated edition (February 25, 2020)
An indispensable guide to food, our most powerful tool to reverse the global epidemic of chronic disease, heal the environment, reform politics, and revive economies, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Mark Hyman, MD – “Read this book if you’re ready to change the world” (Tim Ryan, US Representative).
What we eat has tremendous implications not just for our waistlines, but also for the planet, society, and the global economy. What we do to our bodies, we do to the planet; and what we do to the planet, we do to our bodies.
In Food Fix, #1 bestselling author Mark Hyman explains how our food and agriculture policies are corrupted by money and lobbies that drive our biggest global crises: the spread of obesity and food-related chronic disease, climate change, poverty, violence, educational achievement gaps, and more.
Pairing the latest developments in nutritional and environmental science with an unflinching look at the dark realities of the global food system and the policies that make it possible, Food Fix is a hard-hitting manifesto that will change the way you think about – and eat – food forever, and will provide solutions for citizens, businesses, and policy makers to create a healthier world, society, and planet.
3. Reinventing Food Banks and Pantries: New Tools to End Hunger
Author: by Katie S. Martin
Published at: Island Press (March 9, 2021)
In the US, there is a wide-ranging network of at least 370 food banks, and more than 60,000 hunger-relief organizations such as food pantries and meal programs. These groups provide billions of meals a year to people in need. And yet hunger still affects one in nine Americans.
What are we doing wrong? In Reinventing Food Banks and Pantries, Katie Martin argues that if handing out more and more food was the answer, we would have solved the problem of hunger decades ago. Martin instead presents a new model for charitable food, one where success is measured not by pounds of food distributed but by lives changed.
The key is to focus on the root causes of hunger. When we shift our attention to strategies that build empathy, equity, and political will, we can implement real solutions. Martin shares those solutions in a warm, engaging style, with simple steps that anyone working or volunteering at a food bank or pantry can take today.
Some are short-term strategies to create a more dignified experience for food pantry clients: providing client choice, where individuals select their own food, or redesigning a waiting room with better seating and a designated greeter. Some are longer-term: increasing the supply of healthy food, offering job training programs, or connecting clients to other social services.
4. The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy
Author: by Michael Lewis
Published at: W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated edition (December 3, 2019)
The New York Times Bestseller, with a new afterword “[Michael Lewis’s] most ambitious and important book.” Joe Klein, New York TimesMichael Lewis’s brilliant narrative of the Trump administration’s botched presidential transition takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its leaders through willful ignorance and greed.
The government manages a vast array of critical services that keep us safe and underpin our lives from ensuring the safety of our food and drugs and predicting extreme weather events to tracking and locating black market uranium before the terrorists do.
The Fifth Risk masterfully and vividly unspools the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works.
5. The Monsanto Papers: Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption, and One Man’s Search for Justice
Author: by Carey Gillam
Published at: Island Press; 1st edition (March 2, 2021)
Lee Johnson was a man with simple dreams. All he wanted was a steady job and a nice home for his wife and children, something better than the hard life he knew growing up. He never imagined that he would become the face of a David-and-Goliath showdown against one of the world’s most powerful corporate giants.
But a workplace accident left Lee doused in a toxic chemical and facing a deadly cancer that turned his life upside down. In 2018, the world watched as Lee was thrust to the forefront of one the most dramatic legal battles in recent history.
The Monsanto Papers is the inside story of Lee Johnson’s landmark lawsuit against Monsanto. For Lee, the case was a race against the clock, with doctors predicting he wouldn’t survive long enough to take the witness stand. For the eclectic band of young, ambitious lawyers representing him, it was a matter of professional pride and personal risk, with millions of dollars and hard-earned reputations on the line.
For the public at large, the lawsuit presented a question of corporate accountability. With enough money and influence, could a company endanger its customers, hide evidence, manipulate regulators, and get away with it allfor decades? Readers will be astounded by the depth of corruption uncovered, captivated by the shocking twists, and moved by Lee’s quiet determination to see justice served.
6. Eating Animals
Author: by Jonathan Safran Foer
Published at: Back Bay Books; 0 edition (September 1, 2010)
Part memoir and part investigative report, Eating Animals is the groundbreaking moral examination of vegetarianism, farming, and the food we eat every day that inspired the documentary of the same name. Bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his life oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian.
For years he was content to live with uncertainty about his own dietary choices but once he started a family, the moral dimensions of food became increasingly important. Faced with the prospect of being unable to explain why we eat some animals and not others, Foer set out to explore the origins of many eating traditions and the fictions involved with creating them.
Traveling to the darkest corners of our dining habits, Foer raises the unspoken question behind every fish we eat, every chicken we fry, and every burger we grill. Part memoir and part investigative report, Eating Animals is a book that, in the words of the Los Angeles Times, places Jonathan Safran Foer “at the table with our greatest philosophers” -and a must-read for anyone who cares about building a more humane and healthy world.
7. Resetting the Table: Straight Talk About the Food We Grow and Eat
Author: by Robert Paarlberg
Published at: Knopf; 1st Edition (February 2, 2021)
A bold, science-based corrective to the groundswell of misinformation about food and how it’s produced, examining in detail local and organic food, food companies, nutrition labeling, ethical treatment of animals, environmental impact, and every other aspect from farm to tableConsumers want to know more about their food-including the farm from which it came, the chemicals used in its production, its nutritional value, how the animals were treated, and the costs to the environment.
They are being told that buying organic foods, unprocessed and sourced from small local farms, is the most healthful and sustainable option. Now, Robert Paarlberg reviews the evidence and finds abundant reason to disagree. He delineates the ways in which global food markets have in fact improved our diet, and how “industrial” farming has recently turned green, thanks to GPS-guided precision methods that cut energy use and chemical pollution.
He makes clear that America’s serious obesity crisis does not come from farms, or from food deserts, but instead from “food swamps” created by food companies, retailers, and restaurant chains. And he explains how, though animal welfare is lagging behind, progress can be made through continued advocacy, more progressive regulations, and perhaps plant-based imitation meat.
8. Food Forensics: The Hidden Toxins Lurking in Your Food and How You Can Avoid Them for Lifelong Health
Author: by Mike Adams
Published at: BenBella Books (July 26, 2016)
What’s really in your food? Award-winning investigative journalist and clean food activist Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, is founder and editor of Natural News, one of the top health news websites in the world, reaching millions of readers each month.
Now, in Food Forensics, Adams meticulously tests groceries, fast foods, dietary supplements, spices, and protein powders for heavy metals and toxic elements that could be jeopardizing your health. To conduct this extensive research, Adams built a state-of-the-art laboratory with cutting-edge scientific instruments.
Publishing results of metal concentrations for more than 800 different foods, Food Forensics is doing the job the FDA refuses to do: testing off-the-shelf foods and sharing the findings so the public can make informed decisions about what they consume or avoid.
In Food Forensics, you’ll discover little-known truths about other toxic food ingredients such as polysorbate 80, MSG, sodium nitrite, pesticides, and weed killers such as glyphosate. Adams reveals stunning, never-before-reported details of heavy metals found in recycled human waste used on crops and in parks, and he explains how industrial pollution causes mercury, lead, and cadmium to end up in your favorite protein powders.
9. Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease
Author: by Robert H. Lustig
Published at: Avery; Illustrated edition (December 31, 2013)
The landmark New York Times best seller that reveals how the explosion of sugar in our diets has created an obesity epidemic, and what we can do to save ourselves. Robert Lustig is at the forefront of war against sugar showing us that it’s toxic, it’s addictive, and it’s everywhere because the food companies want it to be.
His 90-minute YouTube video “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” has been viewed more than 7 million times. Now, in this landmark book, he documents the science and the politics that have led to personal misery and public crisis the pandemic of obesity and chronic disease-over the last thirty years.
In the late 1970s, when the U.S. Government declared that we needed to get the fat out of our diets, the food industry responded by pumping in more sugar to make food more palatable (and more salable), and by removing the fiber to make food last longer on the shelf.
The result has been a perfect storm for our health, disastrously altering our biochemistry to make us think we’re starving, drive our eating habits out of our control, and turn us into couch potatoes. If we cannot control how we eat, it’s because of the catastrophic excess of sugar in our diet-the resulting hormonal imbalances have rewired our brains!
10. The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Author: by Deborah Blum
Published at: Penguin Books; Illustrated edition (September 24, 2019)
A New York Times Notable Book The inspiration for PBS’s AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film The Poison Squad. From Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times-bestselling author Deborah Blum, the dramatic true story of how food was made safe in the United States and the heroes, led by the inimitable Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, who fought for changeBy the end of nineteenth century, food was dangerous.Lethal, even.
“Milk” might contain formaldehyde, most often used to embalm corpses. Decaying meat was preserved with both salicylic acid, a pharmaceutical chemical, and borax, a compound first identified as a cleaning product. This was not by accident; food manufacturers had rushed to embrace the rise of industrial chemistry, and were knowingly selling harmful products.
Unchecked by government regulation, basic safety, or even labelling requirements, they put profit before the health of their customers. By some estimates, in New York City alone, thousands of children were killed by “embalmed milk” every year. Citizens-activists, journalists, scientists, and women’s groups-began agitating for change.
11. Farming for the Long Haul: Resilience and the Lost Art of Agricultural Inventiveness (New Farmer Library)
Author: by Michael Foley
Published at: Chelsea Green Publishing (February 1, 2019)
It’s all but certain that the next fifty years will bring enormous, not to say cataclysmic, disruptions to our present way of life. World oil reserves will be exhausted within that time frame, as will the lithium that powers today’s most sophisticated batteries, suggesting that transportation is equally imperiled.
And there’s another, even more dire limitation that is looming: at current rates of erosion, the world’s topsoil will be gone in sixty years. Fresh water sources are in jeopardy, too. In short, the large-scale agricultural and food delivery system as we know it has at most a few decades before it exhausts itself and the planet with it.
Farming for the Long Haul is about building a viable small farm economy that can withstand the economic, political, and climatic shock waves that the twenty-first century portends. It draws on the innovative work of contemporary farmers, but more than that, it shares the experiences of farming societies around the world that have maintained resilient agricultural systems over centuries of often-turbulent change.
12. Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook
Author: by Albert Prodigy Johnson
Published at: Infamous Books (October 11, 2016)
Ultimately, these aren’t recipes you’re likely to try at home though they might be just the thing when your refrigerator is bare. NPR BooksSimple recipes for a complex world. Here’s what you get at the Commissary Kitchen: Clean Hands Sweet Potato Pie- Spicy Seafood- Don’t Be Salty Chicken Ramen- Barbecue Salmon- Vegetarian CurryAnd a lot more.
In the Fall of 2016, rapper Prodigy released his Commissary Kitchen cookbook as a long-awaited addendum to his critically acclaimed 2011 memoir My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy. Originally, Prodigy’s vision for Commissary Kitchen was to highlight the bare bones prison conditions to which inmates are subjected to and forcibly requiring a broad scope of ideas when it comes to the limited nutrition provided from food purchased within the commissary.
The conversation was taken to Harvard, MIT, and Yale, with televised appearances on NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, TMZ, and a lengthy discussion with legendary radio personality Angie Martinez during the Barnes & Noble book launch, as well as a food truck at the renowned Smorgasburg.
13. Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It
Author: by Tom Philpott
Published at: Bloomsbury Publishing; Illustrated edition (August 11, 2020)
New York Times Book Review Editors’ ChoiceAn unsettling journey into the United States’ disaster-bound food system, and an exploration of possible solutions, from leading food politics commentator and farmer-turned-journalist Tom Philpott. More than a decade after Michael Pollan’s game-changing The Omnivore’s Dilemma transformed the conversation about what we eat, a combination of global diet trends and corporate interests have put American agriculture into a state of “quiet emergency,” from dangerous drought in California-which grows more than 50 percent of the fruits and vegetables we eat-to catastrophic topsoil loss in the “breadbasket” heartland of the United States.
Whether or not we take heed, these urgent crises of industrial agriculture will define our future. In Perilous Bounty, veteran journalist and former farmer Tom Philpott explores and exposes the small handful of seed and pesticide corporations, investment funds, and magnates who benefit from the trends that imperil us, with on-the-ground dispatches featuring the scientists documenting the damage and the farmers and activists who are valiantly and inventively pushing back.
14. Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat
Author: by Marion Nestle
Published at: Basic Books (October 30, 2018)
A James Beard Award-winner and the author of What to Eat and Soda Politics, leading nutritionist Marion Nestle exposes how the food industry corrupts scientific research for profit. Is chocolate heart-healthy? Does yogurt prevent type 2 diabetes? Do pomegranates help cheat death?
News accounts bombard us with such amazing claims, report them as science, and influence what we eat. Yet, as Marion Nestle explains, these studies are more about marketing than science; they are often paid for by companies that sell those foods.
Whether it’s a Coca-Cola-backed study hailing light exercise as a calorie neutralizer, or blueberry-sponsored investigators proclaiming that this fruit prevents erectile dysfunction, every corner of the food industry knows how to turn conflicted research into big profit. As Nestle argues, it’s time to put public health first.
Written with unmatched rigor and insight, Unsavory Truth reveals how the food industry manipulates nutrition science – and suggests what we can do about it.
15. Beekeeping Journal and Log: Beekeeping Log Book, Bee Journal Notebook, Beekeepers Journal, Bee Farming Tracker
Author: by The Bee Keeper Press
Published at: Independently published (January 16, 2020)
This convenient 6×9 inch sized beekeeping inspection journal allows you to track all aspects of your beekeeping activities, from the health of your beehives to the income and expenses of your business or hobby. Includes:Comprehensive Bee and Hive Inspection Journal and Log Pages covering:Hive Structure (Frames, Supers, Brood Frames, Pollen Frames, Honey Frames, Open Frames)Hive Capacity Notes, Pollen, Honey Flow, Bee Mood/Temperament,Food/Water Notes,Brood Stage (Egg, Larva, Pupa), Pattern and NotesLarvae Status/NotesQueen Identification, Marking Status and NotesSigns Of Pests/Problems (Mites, Ants, Moths, Dead Bees, Smell)Treatments/MedicationsComb Abnormalities (Queen Cells/Drone Comb Being Built, etc.:Honey StoresRating Of Hive Health (Weak to Strong)Seasonal Notes (Bloom, Pollen/Nectar Sources)Plus a page of half blank/half hexagonal grid on which to Sketch, Draw, or Diagram Cell and Frame Details.
AND Dedicated pages for: Blank Bee Food Recipe Space to Outline the Care of Your Bees – in case you am not able to care for them yourselfSpace to Note Your Seasonal To Do Lists Beekeeping Equipment Use and Cleaning Log Beekeeping Income and Expenses This beekeeping log book is a unique beekeeping business tracker and makes a great gift for any beekeeper or bee lover.