Agriculture in the World

Our 2022 Food and Farming Holiday Book Gift Guide


Regardless of rumors of their demise, books—and the guide trade—are alive and kicking. And it’s our pleasure to as soon as once more deliver you an inventory of worthwhile meals and agriculture books to your vacation gift-giving pleasure. We hope you have got some quiet days to discover these new additions to the cannon and we additionally hope that these well timed and vital works will assist deepen your data and encourage new considering.

As all the time, we’re additionally grateful to the numerous authors who’ve spoken with us about their books this 12 months, and we’ve collected these interviews beneath. Glad holidays and pleased studying!

Wastelands: The True Story of Farm Nation on Trial
By Corban Addison

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Corban Addison’s Wastelands is a narrative of environmental injustice and racism in rural southeast North Carolina by the hands of the consolidated swine trade. The courtroom thriller performs out with the suspense of a real crime story, with a forged of characters as well-developed as a Southern Gothic novel. Whereas the custom of elevating hogs in southeast North Carolina dates again to early European settlement, a small group of farms started to consolidate the pork trade and nook the worldwide market within the Nineteen Eighties, finally rising because the conglomerate Smithfield Meals. Wasteland follows the lives of the principally Black households dwelling adjoining to the confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), who’ve been deeply impacted by the mishandling of hog waste, rotting carcasses, and heavy visitors from hog vans that surrounded their properties, generally lower than a tenth of a mile from their entrance porch. Addison tracks the multi-decade battle and the authorized battle that roughly 500 households have been waging for the precise to scrub air, water, and land regardless of the denial, coverups, intimidation, and dying threats they’ve skilled. Wastelands affords a heroic David vs. Goliath story that might conjures up reform throughout agriculture’s many monopolistic methods.
—Jonnah Perkins

Eat and Flourish: How Meals Helps Emotional Nicely-Being
By Mary Beth Albright

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Are eggs good or unhealthy for us? How a lot good ldl cholesterol is an excessive amount of? Even with all our fashionable data about meals, it could possibly nonetheless be onerous to know what to eat. And whereas a lot of the most recent analysis has targeted on meals’s impacts to our bodily well being, how does what we eat have an effect on our psychological well being? Journalist Mary Beth Albright tackles this vital query in Eat and Flourish. Everyone knows {that a} slice of indulgent chocolate cake could make us really feel beautiful within the second, however what else can we uncover on the intersection of psychological well being and consuming? Fairly a bit, it seems. Past presenting the science in an accessible manner, Albright affords proof that frequent sensations such because the anger many people really feel after we’re hungry or “hangry” are, in truth, very actual phenomena. She additionally redefines drained tropes akin to “emotional consuming” and finally finds that consuming for emotional well-being is an efficient motivation for enterprise the herculean effort to constantly cook dinner meals from scratch and eat extra entire meals—which for a lot of will really feel much more inspiring than merely adhering to a weight loss plan.
—Cinnamon Janzer

The Seed Detective: Uncovering the Secret Histories of Exceptional Greens
By Adam Alexander

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Greater than 30 years in the past, whereas touring for work, filmmaker Adam Alexander stumbled upon an uncommon candy pepper in Donetsk in japanese Ukraine. Crimson, multi-lobed, and “with a fiery coronary heart,” it sparked what grew to become a lifelong quest to uncover the secrets and techniques of heirloom seeds, which he started saving and sharing extensively. Alexander grew to become obsessive about attempting to develop these distinctive seeds in his personal backyard, however he additionally developed a higher appreciation for our relationship with rising our personal meals, a relationship that has slowly deteriorated during the last century. In his guide, The Seed Detective, Alexander particulars his efforts to find out about a few of our most acquainted greens and forestall heritage seeds from going extinct. For instance, he discovers that garlic was so prized in historic occasions for its capability to fortify the human physique that it was given to the primary Olympian athletes. Afghanistan, he additionally learns, was the birthplace of the world’s first carrots. Whereas the guide supplies a great deal of these attention-grabbing backstories, it additionally highlights the significance of saving and rising seeds which might be naturally tailored to particular environments, and appears at how they provide communities all over the world an answer to repairing a number of the soil harm created by industrial monocropping.
—Tilde Herrera

Recipe for Survival: What You Can Do to Dwell a More healthy and Extra Environmentally Pleasant Life
By Dana Ellis Hunnes

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An encouraging, thorough, and fast learn, Recipe for Survival spells out how and why folks ought to undertake plant-based consuming, each for his or her particular person well being and the nice of the planet. The primary half of the guide explores industrial agriculture as a significant reason behind local weather change, overfishing, and environmental exploitation. Half two emerges with 21 “recipes” or actions everybody can take to start out chipping away on the existential menace of local weather change, together with composting, bulk buying to cut back packaging, and consuming extra responsibly. “By changing animal merchandise—akin to meat and dairy—with plant-based alternate options, we will eradicate as much as 70 p.c of all greenhouse gasoline emissions from meals and cut back water use by as much as 75 p.c,” writes Hunnes, a dietician and assistant professor of public well being on the College of California, Los Angeles. She notes that that “dietary change is considerably simpler” at decreasing emissions than switching to energy-efficient gentle bulbs or recycling. To deal with the reasons one might need in adopting a plant-based weight loss plan, Hunnes masses her guide with meal plans, grocery lists, and crops that simply develop in neighborhood gardens, backyards, and even balconies.
—Anne Marshall-Chalmers

Sixty Harvests Left: Tips on how to Attain a Nature-Pleasant Future
By Philip Lymbery

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One more incisive clarion name from Philip Lymbery, the third in his bestselling Farmageddon trilogy, Sixty Harvests Left reveals how the intensification of the world’s farming methods—the rise of mega-farms and grain-fed feedlots, the unfold of fertilizers and antibiotics, and the top of crop rotations—has exhausted the world’s soils. At this price, Lymbery writes, the United Nations predicts solely 60 harvests stay till our soils are too depleted to maintain farming. However the guide is much from a doomsday prophecy. He introduces us to a wave of pioneers constructing the biodiverse, humane meals system of tomorrow, confronting readers with the query: “Do we alter the way in which we farm, or will we let it change us?” Every part of the guide opens with Lymbery strolling his personal farm together with his canine Duke, reflecting on the entwined way forward for animals, people, and the soil that sustains us all.
—Gray Moran


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