- “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto” by Michael Pollan
- “Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals” by Michael Pollan
- “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser
- “Diet for a Poisoned Planet” by David Steinman
- “Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen” by Anna Lapp?
- “What to Eat” by Marion Nestle
- “A Field Guide to Buying Organic” by Luddene Perry
- “To Buy of Not to Buy Organic: What You Need to Know to Buy the Healthiest, Safest, Most Earth-Friendly Food” by Cindy Burke
- “Encyclopedia of Organic, Sustainable, and Local Food” by Leslie A. Duram
- “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why” by Jonny Bowden
- “The Whole Foods Market Cookbook: A Guide to Natural Foods with 350 Recipes” by Steve Petusevsky
- “Food to Live By: The Earthbound Farm Organic Cookbook” by Myra Goodman
- “The Future of Food” by Deborah Koons Garcia
- “Supersize Me” by Morgan Spurlock
- “King Corn” directed by Aaron Woolf
- “Food Inc.” directed and produced by Robert Kenner
- “Dirt: The Movie” directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow
- “Fresh” by Ana Sofia Joanes
- “Super Size Me” directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock
- “What’s On Your Plate?” by Catherine Gund
- “The Future of Food” directed by Deborah Koons
- “Fast Food Nation” directed by Richard Linklater and starring Greg Kinnear, Bruce Willis
- “Forks Over Knives” by Lee Fulkerson
- “Food Matters” directed by James Colquhoun, Carlo Ledesma
- “Food Fight” directed by Larry Kasanoff
Eco Tips / Take Action
- Conventional vs. organic farming. The word “organic” refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and meat. Organic farming practices are designed to encourage soil and water conservation and reduce pollution. Farmers who grow organic produce and meat don’t use conventional methods to fertilize, control weeds or prevent livestock disease. For example, rather than using chemical weedkillers, organic farmers may conduct more sophisticated crop rotations and spread mulch or manure to keep weeds at bay. (Mayoclinic.com)
- Look for the USDA Organic Label. If you see the “USDA Organic” label on a product, it means that at least 95 % of the food?s ingredients were organically produced. Products that are 100 % organic are labeled as such and given a small USDA seal. Some product labels may also state that the product was “made with organic ingredients,” which means the product contains at least 70 percent organic ingredients.
- Organic and local is best! When you buy Organic you can be sure that the agriculture is not chemical-dependent and less petroleum is used for farming practices. When you buy local, farmers utilize biodiversity instead of growing cash crops. Every dollar spent directly buying from a farmer brings twice as much economic wealth to the community than buying from a national or international store that would invest elsewhere. (http://foodroutes.org/faqs.jsp)
- Be aware that local is not necessarily certified organic but thoughtfully grown. The price tag that comes with organic certification is a hefty price for a small-scale farmer. Yet independent farmers who cannot afford the certification are still committed to chemical-free farming, value their product, the health of the people who work on the farm and the animals they raise.
- Support small farms! Large food companies have financial reserves to set commodity prices below market value, and smaller, conscientious farmers are continually put out of business. This trend transforms the agricultural landscape to large, regionally managed farm corporations.
Shop Farmers Markets! Probably the most “green” way to acquire your weekly provisions is through a local farmer’s market. Food travels a shorter distance and comes from small farms where the farmers are usually conscious of their impact on the earth and care about the food they’re producing. You also support the local food economy and know where your food is coming from.
- Buying Local Saves Energy! If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country’s oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week. Eating locally is a simple solution to minimize food industry’s consumption of nearly a fifth of all the petroleum consumed in the US (about as much as automobiles do)
- Pesticide is poison. Synthetic fertilizer drifts downstream causing dead zones in ocean environments. In the Gulf of Mexico, there is a dead zone that is larger 22,000 square kilometers?larger than the size of New Jersey, according to Science Magazine, August 2002.
- Long distance is a problem. Food that travels 7-14 days from farm to plate, means more steps and more middlemen between the grower and you. According to the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, food in the United States travels an average of 1,500 miles to make it to your refrigerator.
- Steer clear of the Dirty Dozen, and check out Environmental Working Groups Pesticide Shoppers Guide. EWG always recommends buying organic, but when your budget is tight or it’s not available, consumers can use the Shopper’s Guide lists of “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15″ fruits and vegetables to determine which conventionally-grown produce items have the lightest pesticide load and which have the highest.
- Whether it is local fruit, imported coffee or artisan cheese, organic can demonstrate a reverence for the land and its people. No matter the zip code, organic has proven to use less energy (on average, about 30 percent less), is beneficial to soil, water and local habitat, and is safer for the people who harvest our food. Eat more seasonably by supporting your local farmers market while also supporting a global organic economy year round.
- According to the National Academy of Science, “neurological and behavioral effects may result from low-level exposure to pesticides”. Numerous studies show that pesticides can adversely affect the nervous system, increase the risk of cancer, and decrease fertility. (organic.com)
Take Action: –Turn the Farm Bill into a Food Bill
- Your Tax Dollars Shouldn’t Fund Disinformation about Pesticides in Food!