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Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do about It Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 30, 2010
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More About the Author
She can be seen as the host for MSN's Practical Guide to Healthier Living and as a featured expert on Sundance Channel's Ideas for a Small Planet.. An active board member of Rainforest Action Network, Anna has been named one of Time's "Eco" Who's Who has been featured in The New York Times, Gourmet, O-The Oprah Magazine, Food & Wine, and Vibe, among many other outlets.
She is currently an Innovator at the Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming and a Senior Fellow with the Oakland Institute.
She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and daughter.
Learn more at www.takeabite.cc and www.smallplanet.org.
Top Customer Reviews
What this is, is a very well done discussion of green farming, agribusiness, and what to do to eat greener. There are several chapters discussing the greenwashing of agribusiness, and how marketing makes us think that products are "green" which inherently are not. It's fascinating reading.
Specifically, there has been an enormous amount of discussion in the popular press in recent years about how agribusiness-grown foods are better for the planet because they're more efficiently grown--which isn't true; the numbers that have been manufactured to make agribusiness look good don't take into account the sheer volume of fossil fuels required to transport food.
There are also some interesting discussions about how to get sustainable beef: the author talks about carbon sinks in grassland; some ecologists have noted that large swaths of grassland hold even more carbon than forests. If we could just keep cows out of feedlots, then it would be a lot more o.k. to eat beef.
Then, the author goes off on a "green farming" tangent that is a little hard to stomach because her ideas about real farming aren't realistic; the author goes into a long discussion of green farming and rhapsodizes at great length about "growing what would grow there naturally."
No offense, but you know what grows in much of the breadbasket of the United States (California and Texas) without huge amounts of transported water? Nothing.
Despite some of the unrealistic ideas, there are some neat ideas in the chapters on green farming.Read more ›
Obviously, you may not agree with everything the author says, but it's hard to dispute that there are some big problems out there that should be addressed.
We need to start "voting with our dollars" at the supermarket. If we keep buying meat, veggies, etc. that were grown irresponsibly, the big corporations will keep delivering them to our grocery store shelves. All of our little changes can add up to something big if we just make an effort.
The book caught my attention in the first chapter, where Lappe introduces the idea that current agricultural practices pose a serious threat to the climate. I was quite interested in learning more about the issues. Lappe does an admirable job of explaining why methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and how agriculture, especially industrial agriculture, promotes the production and release of methane. Lappe is clearly quite impassioned by the topic of climate change and environmentalism.Read more ›
Lappe's bottom line? Support locally-produced agriculture. Avoid factory-produced meats. What else does she say?
- "... livestock production alone is responsible for as much as 18 percent of the global warming effect." "This figure includes almost one tenth of carbon emissions, more than one third of methane, and roughly two thirds of nitrous oxide."
- Prepare to face those who intentionally mean to confuse you. "'Doubt is our product,' wrote the [tobacco] executives. 'It is the best means of competing with the 'body of fact' that exists in the mind of the general public. It is also the means of establishing a controversy.'" Lappe discusses the same strategy happening with diet-based concerns and claims. She also discusses the "playbook" of the marketing gurus:
1. Advertise the 'new you' [the "I am reborn or reformed" strategy]
2. Spin the story [you're not really involved in the bad stuff, and you are actually full of the "right stuff"]
3.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't think I have a friend who does NOT have a copy of "Diet for a Small Planet" on his/her bookshelf. Read morePublished 11 months ago by John Mcmanus
I received this book for review.
And I was inspired and renewed.
This is a wonderful in-depth book that touches on many of the main factors that could be... Read more
You have no comprehension of the complexity of Global Warming until have read this book. Anna Lappe links the parts of Global Warming together, As you read page after page you... Read morePublished 13 months ago by gardentricks123
If you want to know more information about our food supply, this is the book you need. Anna Lappe presents her extensive research in such an organized, captivating way that you... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ms S
I've read Diet for a New America, A Small Planet, Vegetarian Source Book and many others. This is the best one of the lot!! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ricardo Jomarron
I have not completed reading this book but it is important for all interested in how to eat right and protect the planet. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by Jane
For anyone that is a health nut, or is curious about the truth of where your foods come from and do to the environment this is a must read. Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by Samantha Kohler