Inspiring Books

Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. "This is the story of a year in which we made every attempt to feed ourselves animals and vegetables whose provenance we really knew . . . and of how our family was changed by our first year of deliberately eating food produced from the same place where we worked, went to school, loved our neighbors, drank the water, and breathed the air."

Good News for a Change by Holly Dressel and David Suzuki. "There is a spontaneous, global quest for ways to survive sustainably that is opening up a very different planetary future from the one based on endless economic and industrial demands. And, say Suzuki and Dressel, many of the technologies we need to realize our goals—to save species, to conserve soil, to right social wrongs—are already within our grasp. "

Soil not Oil by Vandana Shiva. "Condemning industrial biofuels and agriculture as recipes for ecological and economic disaster, Vandana Shiva champions the small independent farm instead. With millions hungry and the earth’s future at peril, only sustainable, biologically diverse farms that are more resistant to disease, drought, and flood can both feed and safeguard the world for generations to come."

Edible Action by Sally Miller. "Food is peculiarly situated to address the ills of an unjust economic system and to mobilize people against it. Food initiatives—from farmers’ markets to fair trade coffee—offer a pattern of powerful alternatives to conventional food economics, which benefit only a handful of people and corporations."