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The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
In the book, Pollan asks the seemingly straightforward question of what we should have for dinner. Enlightening and thought-provoking study of food production: highly recommended for anyone interested in food

Diet For a Hot Planet by Anna Lappe

Lappe’s book answers the question, “Why local?” She describes why the combination of forces such as conventional farming methods, the processed food industry, and prevailing corporate interests are complicit in climate change. Her book suggests solutions as well as actions individuals and communities can take to combat these forces, and many of her solutions include a more transparent food supply as well as empowered consumers. “When it comes to our food,” she writes, “this means realizing the power of our fork to shape what gets sold (and what does not).”

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, and Camille Kingsolver

Author Barbara Kingsolver, best known for her novels The Poisonwood Bible and The Lacuna, lives with her family on a farm in Virginia’s Appalachian mountains. During a year-long experiment, they decided to only eat food grown on their land or within fifty miles of their farm. With informative sidebars by her husband and daughter, Kingsolver’s story puts an honest, human, and sometimes humorous face on the challenges of eating locally. “If our special way of eating had seemed imposing at first,” she writes, “gradually it was just dinner, the spontaneous background of family time as we met our fortunes one day, one phone call, one hospital visit, wedding, funeral, spelling bee, and birthday party at a time.”

Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Food Movement is Changing the Way We Eat by Tanya Denckla Cobb

This book is a hopeful survey of recent innovations in food cultivation and distribution. Looking beyond neighborhood farmers markets or pricey specialty supermarkets, Cobb takes her readers on a cross-country tour of communities finding ways to connect everyone–organic food devotees, at-risk populations, incarcerated individuals–to local food. “No matter the starting point,” she writes, “. . . successful grassroots food projects ultimately converge around two central points: local food and community.”

From Field to Fork: Food Ethics for Everyone by Paul B. Thompson

After centuries of neglect, the ethics of food are back with a vengeance. Justice for food workers and small farmers has joined the rising tide of concern over the impact of industrial agriculture on food animals and the broader environment, all while a global epidemic of obesity-related diseases threatens to overwhelm modern health systems. An emerging worldwide social movement has turned to local and organic foods, and struggles to exploit widespread concern over the next wave of genetic engineering or nanotechnologies applied to food. Paul B. Thompson's book applies the rigor of philosophy to key topics in the first comprehensive study explore interconnections hidden deep within this welter of issues.

Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm by Forrest Pritchard

One fateful day in 1996, upon discovering that five freight cars’ worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard undertakes to save his family’s farm. What ensues—through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters—is a crash course in sustainable agriculture.

The End of Food by Paul Roberts

Salmonella-tainted tomatoes, riots, and skyrocketing prices are only the latest in a series of food-related crises that have illuminated the failures of the modern food system. In The End of Food, Paul Roberts investigates this system and presents a startling truth—how we make, market, and transport our food is no longer compatible with the billions of consumers the system was built to serve.
The emergence of large-scale and efficient food production forever changed our relationship with food and ultimately left a vulnerable and paradoxical system in place. High-volume factory systems create new risks for food-borne illness; high-yield crops generate grain, produce, and meat of declining nutritional quality; and while nearly a billion people are overweight, roughly as many people are starving. In this vivid narrative, Roberts presents clear, stark visions of the future and helps us prepare to make the necessary decisions to survive the demise of food production as we know it.

Righteous Porkchop: Fiding a Life and Food beyond Factory Farms by Nicolette Hahn Niman

A crusading environmental activist, vegetarian, and lawyer who has worked with Robert Kennedy, Jr. on environment issues, Nicolette Hahn Niman blows the lid off the shocking practices in the pork, meat, and poultry industries in Righteous Porkchop, a Fast Food Nation for the hog trade. Subtitled, “Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond the Factory Farm,” Righteous Porkchop is at once an eye-opening grand tour of Hahn Niman’s battles with the industrial farming conglomerates, a guide to avoiding unhealthy meats, and a very personal story of  one woman’s reawakening.

Our Daily Bread
Enthralling and occasionally chilling portrayal of modern industrial food production

Food, Inc.

This documentary addresses the issue of corporate farming in America—and as you'll find out, it's a very big problem to tackle. There are three acts, tackling industrial meat production, large-scale production of vegetables and grains, and the ways in which economic and legal power is wielded in this country to product big business.

The film focuses on the struggle of small local farms that are forced to cease operation by the government. The New York Times called it "part consumer-rights advocacy, part abuse-of-power exposé."
Ingredients: The local food movement takes roots
You'll find thought leaders of the locavore movement like Alice Waters and Peter Hoffman dropping knowledge in this film illuminating the dangers of America's industrialized food system.
Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution
Is organic produce better for you? To search for an answer, this documentary profiles the Barjac village in France, where the local school is mandated to serve an all-organic menu.

A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.

The narrative of the film focuses on Marty Travis, a seventh-generation farmer in central Illinois who watched his land and community fall victim to the pressures of big agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago.

Sustainable travels the country seeking leadership and wisdom from some of the most forward thinking farmers like Bill Niman, Klaas Martens and John Kempf – heroes who challenge the ethical decisions behind industrial agriculture. It is a story of hope and transformation, about passion for the land and a promise that it can be restored to once again sustain us.

Food Matters
This film makes the claim that the over-industrialization of food production is making the nation sicker and sicker, and looks at the proliferation of chemicals added to food touted as “healthy.” The film looks at the relationship between the lack of nutrients that Americans consume and our rising health care costs. Providing a thorough argument, the film gives solutions as well for the problems it presents.
The Future of Food
This acclaimed documentary has spurred anti-GMO grassroots movements. This must-see film has been screened and talked about around the globe. It details how genetically engineered practices, seed patenting and food corporatization, like that of Monsanto, is scarily changing our food while Americans have no idea.
Hungry for Change
This documentary looks at commercial food production and gives little-known truths about food and nutrition that are missing from the mainstream food discourse. The film also de-bunks diet and weight loss myths, as well as explains ways to stop bad habits and get healthy.
Down with the corporate behemoths of the American food economy who threaten the country’s food security, livelihood of small farmers, and our choices as consumers. This documentary features fresh thinking from urban farming activist Will Allen and sustainable farmer Joel Salatin.
As We Sow
Based on over 100 hours of location shooting and taped interviews with hog farmers and grain farmers, independent farmers and contract farmers; CEOs and large-scale livestock producers; grassroots activists, rural advocates, and environmentalists; town clerks and mayors; legislators and lobbyists; rural anthropologists, sociologists, economists, and educators. Through their voices, the documentary bears witness to the changes occurring across rural America and the powerful forces behind the  dramatic and rapid transformation of the family farm to the factory farm.



Sustainable Peterborough Toolbox

Full of ideas, resources and tools to help you incorporate sustainability into your organization or personal day to day life.