Collman, James P.
Naturally Dangerous: Surprising Facts About Food, Health, and the Environment. Sausalito, CA.: University Science Books, 2001.
Collman explains how and why natural substances are essential to your good health and also how these same substances can be dangerous to your health. This book provides an abundance of facts and information about the benefits and dangers of vitamins, hormones, health foods, prescription and over-the counter drugs, air pollution, and other topics.
Cooper, Ann and Lisa M. Holmes.
Bitter Harvest: A Chef's Perspective on the High Dangers in the Foods We Eat and What We Do about It. New York: Routledge, 2000.
Cooper, a professional chef, argues that changes need to occur in the ways food is shipped, packaged, and processed, as well as in the American diet. She analyzes issues of sustainability, while tracing the history of American food production. Issues discussed include: the use of pesticides and hormones in agriculture; the addition of harmful chemicals to processed foods; and the loss of biodiversity through the bioengineering of seeds and plants.
Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture. Sausalito, CA.: 2002.
Fatal Harvest looks at the current ecologically destructive agricultural system and offers a new vision for an organic and environmentally safer way of producing the food we eat. It includes more than 250 photographs and gathers together more than 40 essays by leading ecological thinkers including Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, David Ehrenfeld, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Vandana Shiva, and Gary Nabhan.
The Fatal Harvest Reader: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture. Sausalito, CA.: Island Press, 2002.
Kimrell offers a concise overview of the failings of industrial agriculture and approaches to creating a more healthy and sustainable food system. The reader has over 58 essays written by ecological thinkers.
Lappe, France Moore and Anne Lappe.
Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet. New York: J.P. Tarcher, 2001.
This mother/daughter team uses their journeys through five continents to introduce to you people and communities who have broken out of their boxes, who have chosen to create life-sustaining alternatives to corporate globalization. You meet today's pioneers in Brazil, Kenya, Bangladesh, Kerala, Michigan, The Netherlands who have transformed their lives and their communities into vibrant greenhouses of sustainable democracy.
Mepham, Ben [Ed.]
Food Ethics. New York: Routledge, 1996.
This book addresses current food-related issues by applying ethical principles to food safety, industrial agriculture, animal welfare, sustainable agriculture, and biotechnology.
Nabhan, Gary Paul.
Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Food. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2002.
The author chronicles a year of striving for a diet consisting of 90% native flora and fauna, found within 250 miles of his Arizona home. An ethnobotanist with an interest in seed preservation and director of the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University, Nabhan is knowledgeable about plant species and the traditions of local tribes.
Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health. Berkeley, CA.: University of California Press, 2002.
“Nestle (chair, nutrition and food studies, NYU) offers an exposé of the tactics used by the food industry to protect its economic interests and influence public opinion. She shows how the industry promotes sales by resorting to lobbying, lawsuits, financial contributions, public relations, advertising, alliances, and philanthropy to influence Congress, federal agencies, and nutrition and health professionals. She also describes the food industry's opposition to government regulation“
Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism. Berkeley, CA.: University of California Press, 2003.
"Bioterrorism, genetically modified foods, food irradiation, Safe Food weighs in on all the hot topics....Nestle's arguments are consistently solid and persuasive....The book is thorough and well researched."--San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and the World. Berkeley, CA.: Conari Press, 2001.
"What can we do to help stop global warming, feed the hungry, prevent cruelty to animals, avoid genetically modified foods, be healthier and live longer? Eat vegetarian, Robbins (Diet for a New America) argues. Noting the massive changes in the environment, food-production methods, and technology over the last two decades, he condemns contemporary factory farming methods and demonstrates that individual dietary choices can be both empowering and have a broader impact." Publishers Weekly
Diet for a New America. Walpole, NH.: Stillpoint Publishing, 1987.
"Diet for a New America is a startling examination of the food we currently buy and eat in the United States, and the astounding moral, economic, and emotional price we pay for it. In Section I, John Robbins takes an extraordinary look at our dependence on animals for food and the inhumane conditions under which these animals are raised. Section II challenges the belief that consuming meat is a requirement for health by pointing out the vastly increased rate of disease caused by pesticides, hormones, additives, and other chemicals now a routine part of our food production. In Section III, Robbins looks at the global implications of a meat-based diet and concludes that the consumption of the resources necessary to produce meat is a major factor in our ecological crisis."
Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All American Meal. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
Schlosser's premise reveals that the development of fast-food restaurants has led to the standardization of American culture, widespread obesity, and urban sprawl. The industry's drive for consolidation and homogenization has radically transformed America's diet, landscape, economy, and workforce, often in destructive ways.
Videos are housed in a locked case neat the Circulation Desk. Students may check them out and view them in the Computer Lab. The following list is merely
a small sample of the viodeos available.
Diet for a Small Planet
The Future of Food
Harvest of Fear
McLibel: Two Worlds Collide