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Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems. By Stephen R. Gliessman. Explores the environmental factors and complexities affecting agricultural crops and animals. It explains the importance of using an ecosystem framework to provide a basis for evaluating the long-term functioning of a chosen management strategy, for determining if a particular agricultural practice, input, or management decision contributes or detracts from sustainability. It also examines system level interactions, stressing the need for understanding the emergent qualities of populations, communities, and ecosystems as well as their roles in sustainable agriculture. As Kindle | More…

At Home in the Vineyard: Cultivating a Winery, an Industry, and a Life. By Susan Sokol Blosser. This moving, evocative memoir, woven with lyrical descriptions of the sights and smells of vineyard life, tells the inspirational story of one woman's journey to success in an industry run mostly by men. She shares some special accomplishments: how she instituted values of environmental sustainability and social responsibility at the vineyard, integrated family and business life, and successfully brought the second generation on board. More… | Susan Sokol Blosser EcoSpeakers Info >>

Beyond Malthus: Nineteen Dimensions of the Population Challenge. By Lester Brown. Examines the impacts of population growth on global resources and services, including food, fresh water, fisheries, jobs, education, income, and health. After examining the stakes involved in potentially adding another 3.3 billion people to the world population over the next fifty years, Brown and his co-authors call for expansion of international family planning assistance and new investment in educating young people - especially women - to promote a shift to smaller families. More…

Beyond the Rangeland Conflict: Toward a West That Works. By Dan Dagget. How ranchers and environmentalists on the Western Range can work together to achieve common goals. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and in its third printing, this book describes ten ranchers, from Mexico to Montana, who decided to work with environmentalists rather than fight against them. More…

Breaking New Ground: A Personal History. By Lester Brown. An inspirational memoir tracing Brown’s life from a small-farm childhood to leadership as a global environmental activist. The Washington Post praised him as “one of the world’s most influential thinkers.” At the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he pieced together the clues that led him to sound the alarm on an impending famine in India, and his urgent warning helped save millions. He went on to found the Worldwatch and Earth Policy Institutes. His book, Who Will Feed China?, led to a broad restructuring of China’s agricultural policy. As Kindle | More…

Civic Agriculture: Reconnecting Farm, Food, and Community. By Thomas A. Lyson. Suggests ways to produce, process, and distribute food that represent a sustainable alternative to the socially, economically, and environmentally destructive practices associated with conventional large-scale agriculture. Describes how over the course of the last hundred years, a small-scale diversified system of farming became an industrialized system of production, and how this industrialized system has gone global. Argues that farming in the United States was modernized by employing the same techniques and strategies that transformed the manufacturing sector from a system of craft production to one of mass production. As Kindle | More…

Crisis and Opportunity: Sustainability in American Agriculture. By John E. Ikerd. These essays describe what sustainable agriculture is, why it began, and how it can succeed. They outline the consequences of agricultural industrialization, and detail the methods that can restore economic viability, ecological soundness, and social responsibility to our agricultural system. Sustainable agriculture can become the foundation of a sustainable food system and a sustainable society. As Kindle | More…

Empty Harvest. By Bernard Jensen and Mark Anderson. Empty Harvest tells us about dangers in our agricultural system - about the demineralization of our soils, the declining nutritional value of our food, and the resulting weakening of our immune systems. As Kindle | More...

The Ethical Gourmet. By Jay Weinstein. More and more of us want to ensure that what we eat doesn't deplete resources, cause animal or human suffering, or lead to pollution. At the same time, we also want delicious food. A guide for finding and cooking environmentally friendly and ethically produced foods, this book provides 100 healthy, sophisticated, and mouthwatering recipes and features creative ways to use eco-friendly vegetables and legumes, sustainable seafood, and humanely raised animals. As Kindle | More… | Jay Weinstein EcoSpeakers Info >>

Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers. By Amy Stewart. Takes us inside the world of hybridizers, geneticists, farmers, and florists around the world who have worked to invent, manufacture, and sell flowers that are bigger, brighter, and sturdier than anything nature could provide. What has been gained and what has been lost in tinkering with Mother Nature? Should we care that some roses have lost their scent? Or that most flowers are sprayed with pesticides? As Kindle | More… | Amy Stewart EcoSpeakers Info >>

Full House: Reassessing the Earth's Population Carrying Capacity. By Lester Brown. This book addresses the critical questions: How many people can the earth feed and at what consumption levels? Lester and Kane assert the world's farmers can no longer be counted on to feed the growing world population, and that balancing between people and food now depends on family planners. More…

Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity. By Lester Brown. With food scarcity driven by falling water tables, eroding soils, and rising temperatures, control of land and water is moving to center stage in the struggle for food security. The ability to grow food is a new form of geopolitical leverage – food is the new oil. What will the geopolitics of food look like in an era of scarcity and food nationalism? Brown outlines the political implications of land acquisitions in Africa and elsewhere by grain-importing countries as well as of our shrinking buffers against poor harvests. As Kindle | More…

The Green Kitchen Handbook. By Annie Bond. Practical guide answers dozens of questions environmentally conscientious and curious cooks have wondered about for years, such as the geographic origin of common healthful foods, their processing or production, and what makes them healthful. More… | Annie Bond EcoSpeakers Info >>

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 >>

Man, Land & Food: Looking Ahead At World Food Needs. By Lester Brown. Reviews the challenges and prospects for feeding a rapidly growing global population. Published in 1963 by the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. More…

Our Daily Bread. By Lester Brown. On our food supply and growing population, this 63 page paperback was published in 1975 by the Foreign Policy Association. More...

Outgrowing The Earth. By Lester Brown. Falling water tables in countries that contain more than half the world's people and rising temperatures worldwide are the leading threats to global security. Water shortages and crop-withering heat waves are shrinking grain harvests, making it difficult for the world's farmers to feed 70 million more people each year. Tightening food supplies could drive up food prices, destabilizing governments in low-income grain-importing countries and disrupting global economic progress. Future security depends on raising water productivity and stabilizing climate and population. More…

Seeds of Change: The Green Revolution and Development in the 1970's. By Lester Brown. The “Green Revolution” of the 1960s involved new seed varieties, new irrigation strategies, and greater use of fertilizers and pesticides. Brown details the Green Revolution's successes and shortcomings and predicts future developments (all from the perspective of 1970). More...

Tough Choices: Facing the Challenge of Food Scarcity. By Lester Brown. This book explains why food scarcity will be the defining issue of the new era now unfolding, much as ideological conflict was the defining issue of the historical era that recently ended. More…

The Twenty Ninth Day. By Lester Brown. Covers the major trends that are bringing us ever closer to limits – the growing gap between population and food supply, deforestation, desertification, pollution and its effect on climate, energy, and resource depletion. On each a wealth of data is provided. More…

Who Will Feed China? By Lester Brown. Discusses the consequences for the world's food supply of rapidly increasing prosperity in China and the "Tiger" economies of the Far East. Argues that the prospects of food production keeping pace with growing population and growing consumer demands for protein are not good. Explains how China's industrialization will lead to massive grain imports and rising food prices, and how China's rising food prices will become the world's rising food prices. Asserts that the major world challenge in the future will not be military aggression but food scarcity. More…

The Wild Vegetarian Cookbook. By Steve Brill. Cooking found and gathered produce. Includes dozens of recipes using wild foods, and explains "what makes wild food special." For the vegetarian who is both health and environmentally conscious. More… | Steve Brill EcoSpeakers Info >>

World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse.  By Lester Brown. In this urgent time, World on the Edge calls out the pivotal environmental issues and how to solve them now. Can we close coal-fired power plants fast enough to save the Greenland ice sheet and avoid catastrophic sea level rise? Can we raise water productivity fast enough to halt the depletion of aquifers and avoid water-driven food shortages? Can we cope with peak water and peak oil at the same time? Bringing decades of research and analysis into play, Brown provides the responses needed to reclaim our future. As Kindle | More…

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