Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Apr 23, 2010 - Nature - 352 pages
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.

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.

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.

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

Yep, doomed is what we are. We are living as if nothing matters but us, and although Lappe has some hope, I guess I don't really. I see how the changes she recommends could have an effect, but I'm ... Read full review

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User Review  - monarchi - LibraryThing

I thought this would be an fascinating book, given my interest in eating well and in climate change. Unfortunately, far from living up to her mother's fame, Anna Lappé repeats tired information ... Read full review


The Shape of Things to Come
Blinded by the Bite
Playing with Our Food
Capitalizing on Climate Change
Five Ingredients of ClimateFriendly Farming
Answering the Critics
The Hunger Scare
The Biotech Ballyhoo
Seven Principles of a ClimateFriendly Diet
Beyond the Fork
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Anna Lappé is the co-author of Grubb and Hope's Edge (with her mother, Frances Moore Lappé). She is currently host for MSN's Practical Guide to Healthy Living and is co-host for the public television series, The Endless Feast. Named one of Time magazine's "Eco-Who's Who," she is a founding principal of the Small Planet Institute. Anna's writing has been published in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, and Canada's Globe and Mail. She writes a bi-monthly column on sustainability for Spirituality and Health and contributes book reviews to the San Francisco Chronicle and the New Scientist. Her Web site is

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