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Books on growing, raising, catching, collecting, buying, selecting, preparing and eating or using food and fiber more sustainably, more healthfully, and more humanely. Books also cover the problems and issues arising from current practices, including soil loss and degradation, pesticide and chemical exposure, water, soil and air pollution, fossil fuel consumption and related impacts, water waste, overpumping of aquifers, damage to river, wetland and ocean habitats, greenhouse gas emissions, disease and other human health problems, collapse of fisheries, species extinctions, and cruelty to animals.

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Cool Cuisine: Taking The Bite Out of Global Warming. By Laura Stec and Eugene Cordero. Describes how our agrochemical food system affects global warming and how global warming affects the food system. Organized into three sections, one provides background on the global-warming problem, a second highlights solutions, and a third is a "culinary how-to," teaching simple techniques and tips. Includes innovative science, business issues, and savory recipes. An exploration that feeds mind and mouth with art, science, food lore, and culinary tips to cook a global cool cuisine. More... | Laura Stec EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Cool Cuisine: Taking The Bite Out of Global Warming

Cowed: The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America’s Health, Economy, Politics, Culture, and Environment. By Denis Hayes. Cowed shows how raising and eating cattle has depleted America’s largest aquifer, created health problems, and drastically increased methane discharges (a very powerful greenhouse gas). Eating one pound of beef produces a greater carbon footprint than burning a gallon of gas. Cowed provides a glimpse into what we can do now to provide a better future for cows, humans, and the world we share. Overall, Cowed points to a future in which we eat less, but better, beef. As Kindle | More… | Denis Hayes EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Cowed: The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America’s Health, Economy, Politics, Culture, and Environment

The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms. By Amy Stewart. In a witty, offbeat style, Amy Stewart takes us on a subterranean adventure and introduces us to our planet's most important gatekeeper: the humble earthworm. It's true that the earthworm is small, spineless, and blind, but its effect on the ecosystem is profound. With Darwin as her inspiration, Stewart investigates the earthworm's astonishing realm, talks to oligochaetologists who have devoted their lives to unearthing the complex web of life beneath our feet, and observes the thousands of worms in her own garden. As Kindle | More… | Amy Stewart EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

The Everything Easy Vegetarian Cookbook (New Edition, 2014). By Jay Weinstein. Makes preparing delicious everyday vegetarian meals quick and simple. This cookbook has it all: recipes for hectic weeknights, make-ahead slow cooker meals, impressive but easy company dinners, and indulgent desserts. Whether you're a brand-new vegetarian, a seasoned veteran, or a health-conscious cook looking for a Meatless Monday meal, you'll find hundreds of satisfying and healthy dishes. With vegan options and substitutions, this cookbook has everything you need to quickly and easily create healthy meatless meals. As Kindle | More… | Jay Weinstein EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Everything Easy Vegetarian Cookbook

Farmstead Chef. By John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist. This is more than a cookbook. It whips up a homespun tale of how we can eat well, nourish our bodies, and restore the planet. Rediscover the benefits of homegrown food and homemade cooking, preserving the harvest, and stocking the pantry, all while building community. From breakfast to dessert, it showcases the creative and budget friendly side to eating lower on the food chain while taking responsibility for the food we put into our bodies – by growing it, sharing it, and savoring it. Also includes interviews with food heroes and visionaries transforming our food system. As Kindle | More… | John Ivanko EcoSpeakers Info >> | Lisa Kivirist EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Farmstead Chef

From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden. By Amy Stewart. A chronicle of the seedlings and weeds, cats and compost, worms and watering that transform a tiny plot of earth into a glorious garden. From planting the seeds her great-grandmother sends to battling snails, gophers, and aphids, Stewart takes us on a tour of her coastal garden and shares the lessons she's learned the hard way. From the Ground Up tells the story of a young woman’s determination to create a garden in which the plants struggle to live up to the gardener’s vision. As Kindle | More… | Amy Stewart EcoSpeakers Info >>

       From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden

The Incomparable Honeybee & the Economics of Pollination. By Reese Halter. How honeybees have shaped our planet for the past 110 million years. Describes their importance in pollinating more multi-billion-dollar crops and plants than any other living group. Explains how humans and honeybees have been inextricably linked since prehistoric times. Includes many interesting and humbling facts. For example, bees can count, they can vote, and honey has potent medicinal properties. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, and even antiseptic functions. As Kindle | More... | Reese Halter EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Incomparable Honeybee & the Economics of Pollination

Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back. By Ann Vileisis. Where our foods are raised and what happens to them between farm and supermarket shelf have become mysteries. How did we become so disconnected from the sources of our breads, beef, cheeses, cereal, apples, and countless other foods that nourish us? Kitchen Literacy delivers a powerful statement: what we don't know could hurt us. Industrialized eating is undeniably convenient, but it has also created health and environmental problems, including toxic pesticides and pollution from factory farms. As Kindle | More… | Ann Vileisis EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back

Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. By Raj Patel. There are more starving people in the world than ever before (800 million) while there are also more people overweight (1 billion). To find out how we got to this point and what we can do about it, Raj Patel launched a comprehensive investigation into the global food network. Going beyond ethical consumerism, Patel explains, from seed to store to plate, the steps to regain control of the global food economy, stop the exploitation of both farmers and consumers, and create a more democratic, sustainable and joyful food system. As Kindle | More… | Raj Patel EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System

True Food: Eight Simple Steps to a Healthier You. By Annie Bond. This inviting, encouraging how-to turns the ideals of today’s food revolution into eight practical steps to a healthier, more natural diet. It’s a workable blueprint for enlightening your kitchen in ways that are good for you, your pocketbook, and the environment. The eight steps introduce and implement a short list of powerful ideas, from "Eat Local Food" to "Green Your Kitchen." Every piece of advice is backed up by solid research. Sidebars highlight how following these eight steps can help you and help nourish greener attitudes. More… | Annie Bond EcoSpeakers Info >>

       True Food: Eight Simple Steps to a Healthier You

The Zen of Gardening in the High and Arid West: Tips, Tools, and Techniques. By Dave Wann. Drawing from his own considerable gardening experience, as well from people he calls "The Zen Masters of the Western Garden," Wann offers a mix of stories, how-to advice, and simple, doable projects ideal for gardeners in the high and arid landscapes of the West. For gardeners of the high plains and mountains who are "meteorologically and topographically challenged," who routinely grapple with wild weather swings, high elevations, and scarcity of water, he offers inspiration and invaluable tips for success. As Kindle | More… | Dave Wann EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Zen of Gardening in the High and Arid West: Tips, Tools, and Techniques

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