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28+ recommended books on food, sustainability, and social justice.

By The Preserve Journal Team



Sustainability is such a large term and its connections to food and social justice are endless. There is so much informative and insightful knowledge out there written by inspiring experts, which can help deepen our understanding and commitment by showing us new avenues for action, impact and change. But the sheer amount can sometimes seem overwhelming, and as critical and curious consumers we can end up asking ourselves where to even begin. We have therefore - in collaborations with friends - started this list of recommended reading in hopes of sharing ideas of where to begin.


This list is becoming and evolving as we progress so please share your favourite book(s) below, so we can add them to the list for everyone to learn from.


1. Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System

by Rajeev Charles Patel.


2. The Fate of Food

by Amanda Little


3. Climate Justice

by Mary Robinson


4. Soil not Oil

by Dr. Vandana Shiva


5. Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty 

by Mark Winne


6. Empires of Food: Feast, Famine, and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations by Andrew Rimas and Evan D.G. Fraser


7. The Fatal Harvest Reader: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture

by Andrew Kimbrell


8. The Food Sharing Revolution 

by Michael S. Carolan


9. Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat

by Bee Wilson

10. The Third Plate

by Dan Barber


11. Sitopia: How Food Can Save the World

by Carolyn Steel


12. Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives

by Carolyn Steel


13. How Bad are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything

by Mike Berners-Lee


14. Formerly Known as Food

by Kristin Lawless


15. Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life

by David R. Montgomery


16. Dirt to Soil: One Family's Journey into Regenerative Agriculture

by Gabe Brown


17. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

by Robin Wall Kimmerer


18. Earth Democracy

by Dr. Vandana Shiva


19. The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health

by David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé


20. The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from around the World

by Sandor Ellix Katz


21. Omnivore's Dilemma: The Search for a Perfect Meal in a Fast-Food World, The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World, In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

all 4 by Michael Pollan


22. Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer

by Novella Carpenter


23. The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century

by Grace Lee Boggs


24. The Way We Eat Now: How the Food Revolution Has Transformed Our Lives, Our Bodies, and Our World

by Bee Wilson


25. Food Routes: Growing Bananas in Iceland and Other Tales from the Logistics of Eating

by Robyn Metcalfe


26. Who Really Feeds the World? The Failures of Agribusiness and the Promise of Agroecology

by Dr. Vandana Shiva


27. Food Justice Now

by Joshua Sbicca


28. Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations

by David R. Montgomery


29. Your input!


Disclaimer: We have not yet read all the books ourselves, since some have been recommended to us by friends.

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