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The Reading Room

The first official Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. A lot has changed in the past 43 years, some for the better. But environmental and ecological challenges show no signs of abating and human health is weakening as the links to transgenic agriculture become more evident.


Locavore

Sarah Elton, 2011
How Canadians are changing the way we eat.


Diet for Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis

Christopher Cook, 2006
Second look at the perils of the current food industry.


Grub, Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen

Anna Lappé and Bryant Terry, 2006
Lappé is a second generation ecology writer. Argues passionately and articulately for the organic lifestyle.


Our Choice

A Gore, 2009
How we can solve the climate crisis.


Food Inc

Robert Bryce, 2005
Talks of how fuel from ethanol is a scam and makes some disturbing points, one of which is the United States providing huge subsidies to a program that feeds cars, not people.


Big Box Swindle

Stacy Mitchell, 2007
A compelling indictment of Wal-Mart and other "big box" stores.


The Emerald Planet

David Beerling, 2008
Traces how plants "changed Earth's history". Not an easy read but an interesting one.


Blessed Unrest

Paul Hawken, 2008
Hawken’s argument is timely. Being concerned about the environment cannot be logically separated from being concerned about exploited people: The time has come to reflect and act on all of perspectives of where improvement is needed.


The Revenge of Gai

James Lovelock, 2006
Big fan of his work. He proposes that all parts of the Earth – living and nonliving – function together in a complex, interdependent system that can be viewed as a "living entity." He convincingly argues that Gaia is very ill and will become even sicker due to the effects of global warming.

The Unhealthy Truth

Robyn O’Brien and Rachel Kranz, 2010
A must-read for every parent and concerned citizen. A Houston native from a conservative family, this MBA and married mother of four became involved in the food movement when when her youngest daughter had a violent allergic reaction to eggs. Makes a brilliant argument for when its in the feed its in the food.

Seeds of Deception

Jeffrey Smith, 2003 Reveals what the biotech industry doesn’t want you to know—how industry manipulation and political collusion, not sound science, allow dangerous genetically engineered food into your daily diet.


Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation

William Engdahl, 2007 World of profit-driven political intrigue, government corruption and coercion, where genetic manipulation and the patenting of life forms are used to gain worldwide control over food production.


Slow Death by Rubber Duck

Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie, 2011
The shocking absurdity of our chemical life makes for a gripping narrative. Slow Death introduces the reader to the hidden and insidious menu of toxics we breathe, eat and drink everyday. Story is told with humour and personal experience.


Food Justice

Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi, 2010
Food justice has emerged in recent years seeking to transform the food system from seed to table. Food Justice tells the story of the emerging movement.


Stolen Harvest

Vandana Shiva, 2000
Effectively contrasts corporate command-and-control methods of food production with the small farmer economy that predominates in the third world, her native India.


Genetic Roulette

Jeffrey Smith, 2007
Sixty-five health risks of the foods that Americans eat every day are presented in easy-to-read two-page spreads.


The World According to Monsanto

Marie Monique Robin, 2012
Stellar. Charts a three-year journey across four continents to uncover the disturbing practices of multinational agribusiness corporation Monsanto.


Your Right To Know, 2007

Andrew Kimbrell
A complete, full-color reference guide outlining how unmarked genetically modified foods go from the factory to the family dining table, and what consumers can do about the health risks they present.


Privatizing Water, 2010

Karen Bakker
Karen Bakker focuses on three questions: Why did privatization emerge as a preferred alternative for managing urban water supply? Can privatization fulfill its proponents' expectations, particularly with respect to water supply to the urban poor? And, given the apparent shortcomings of both privatization and conventional approaches to government provision, what are the alternatives?