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Want to learn more about food systems and sustainability?

November 11, 2011

Here is a list I put together of my favorite books, magazines, films, and websites regarding food and nutrition, the environment and sustainability. Leave your favorites in the comments!


  1. Local food systems and the environment/sustainability:
  • Colin Beavan – No Impact Man
  • Mark Bittman – Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating
  • Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
  • Anna Lappe – Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It
  • Frances Moore Lappe and Anna Lappe – Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet
  • Gary Paul Nabhan – Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods
  • Nina Planck – Real Food: What to Eat and Why
  • Michael Pollan – The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
  • John Robbins – Diet for a New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness and the Future of Life on Earth
  1. Diet and personal health/nutrition:
  • Nina Planck – Real Food: What to Eat & Why
  • Michael Pollan: Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual
  • Michael Pollan: In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
  1. Urban Farming and Gardening:
  • Heather C. Flores – Food Not Lawns: How To Turn Your Yard into a Garden And Your Neighborhood into a Community
  • Anna Lappe and Byrant Terry – Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen
  • Jeremy N. Smith – Growing a Garden City
  1. Cooking with seasonal produce:
  • Deborah Madison, Laurie Smith – Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America’s Farmers’ Markets
  • Ivy Manning, Gregor Torrence – The Farm to Table Cookbook: The Art of Eating Locally
  • Richard Ruben – The Farmer’s Merket Cookbook: Seasonal Dishes Made from Nature’s Freshest Ingredients


  1. Eating for health:
  • Heath Magazine
  • Food and Family Magazine
  • Eating Well Magazine
  • Clean Eating Magazine
  1. Sustainability:
  • GRID Magazine
  • Living Green Magazine
  • BioCycle Magazine
  1. Food politics:
  • Consumer Science in the Public Interest


  1. Philadelphia Food:
  1. For your health:

3. Information about pesticide-free foods and concerns about genetic modification:

4. Agricultural Information:


  1. Food Inc.: Highlights all negative aspects of America’s industrialized food production and distribution system, including disease in humans and animals, unethical treatment of farm workers, and negative environmental impact. Features interview with Michael Pollan (author listed above).
  1. King Corn: Highlights health problems associated with America’s massive overproduction and distribution of corn and corn products.
  1. Super Size Me: Follows Morgan Spurlock as he eats fast food for 30 days, while he examines its effect on his health, and the health of Americans who regularly eat this way.
  1. Fast Food Nation: Based on book written by Eric Schlosser. A non-fiction account of how the fast food industry has negatively affected America’s diet, landscape, economy, etc.  Focuses heavily on factory farming.
  1. Blue Gold: World Water Wars: Uncovers how corporate giants are vying for control over the world’s water supply, while keeping citizens of developing countries from obtaining fresh water.

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