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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Another kind of diet: Diet for a Hot Planet

My sister, Teresa, provides a much more thorough review than I usually do -- read on!

After reading Anne Lappe’s Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It, you will never look at a hamburger, ear of corn, or Pop Tart the same way again. And the timeliness of this book is almost impeccable: chapter 4, “Playing with our Food, mentions a 2005 BP accident in Texas City, Texas, which killed 15 and was linked to safety violations caused by budget cuts.

While she details the industrial farming and livestock practices of agribusiness, Lappe is not all doom and gloom about our food future. She provides seven basic principles for a Climate Friendly Diet as well as discussing some cookbooks and websites for those who don't know where to begin. In the end, you might decide to become a locavore, freegan, or maybe just be a little healthier.

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