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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
In Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver and her family sweep readers along on their journey away from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they vow to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Their good-humored search yields surprising discoveries about turkey sex life and overly zealous zucchini plants, en route to a food culture that's better for the neighborhood and also better on the table. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, the book makes a passionate case for putting the kitchen back at the center of family life and diversified farms at the center of the American diet.
Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert
In Field Notes from a Catastrophe, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert, known for her insightful and thought-provoking journalism, tackles the controversial subject of global warming. Kolbert approaches this monumental problem from every angle. She travels to the Arctic, interviews researchers and environmentalists, explains the science and the studies, draws frightening parallels to lost ancient civilizations, unpacks the politics, and presents the personal tales of those who are being affected most-the people who make their homes near the poles and, in an eerie foreshadowing, are watching their worlds disappear. This book brings the environment into the consciousness of the American people and asks what, if anything, can be done, and how we can save our planet.
Deep Economy by Bill McKibben
Deep Economy, one of a dozen books the environmentalist has published, presents a new way to think about the things we buy, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the money that pays for it all. His idea is that we need to move beyond "growth" as the paramount economic ideal and pursue prosperity in a more local direction, with cities, suburbs and regions producing more of their own food, generating more of their own energy, and even creating more of their own culture and entertainment.
King Corn film
King Corn, released in 2007, is a story of two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, these two college buddies grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat and how we farm.
End of Suburbia film
As the population of suburban sprawl has exploded in the past 50 years, so, too, the suburban way of life has become embedded in the American consciousness. But as we enter the 21st century, serious questions are beginning to emerge about the sustainability of this way of life. With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, The End of Suburbia explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply.
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