Diet for a Hot Planet
The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do about It
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Anna Lappé with a foreward by Bill McKibben
In 1971, Frances Moore Lappé’s Diet for a Small Planet sparked a revolution in how we think about hunger, alerting millions to the hidden environmental and social impacts of our food choices. Now, nearly four decades later, her daughter, Anna Lappé, picks up the conversation. In her new book, the younger Lappé exposes another hidden cost of our food system: the climate crisis.
While you may not think “global warming” when you sit down to dinner, our tangled web of global food―from Pop-Tarts packaged in Tennessee and eaten in Texas to pork chops raised in Poland, with feed from Brazil, then shipped to South Korea― is connected to as much as one third of total greenhouse-gas emissions. Livestock alone is associated with more emissions than all of the world’s transportation combined. Move over, Hummer. Say hello to the hamburger.
If we’re serious about the climate crisis, says Lappé, we have to talk about food.
In this groundbreaking book, Lappé exposes the interests resisting this conversation and the spin tactics companies are employing to deflect the heat. With seven principles for a climate-friendly diet and success stories from sustainable food advocates around the globe, she offers a vision of a food system that can be part of healing the planet. An engaging call to action, Diet for a Hot Planet delivers a hopeful message during troubling times.
“Anna Lappé’s message is timely and empowering. Instead of waiting for politicians to do the right thing, we can make simple changes to our diet, enjoy it, and help change the world.” ―Eric Schlosser
“Nothing is more important than connecting the way we eat to global warming. After all, food is an everyday need for everyone. Anna Lappé shows us that eating with intention is our responsibility and our pleasure.” ―Alice Waters
“Anna Lappé’s Diet for a Hot Planet does for the present generation what her mother’s Diet for a Small Planet did for the last: empower us to think in a new way about how food affects our own health as well as that of the planet. Her inspiring book makes it clear that food choices matter to climate change and that each of us, voting with our forks, can make a real difference in ensuring a more sustainable food system. I want all my students to read this powerful book.” ―Marion Nestle
“In this tour-de-force, Anna Lappé provides readable, lively, and much-needed answers to question that all too few of us understand: how does our food affect the planet?” ―Raj Patel
Table of Contents
Foreword by Bill McKibben
Introduction: Why This Book?
PART ONE: CRISIS
Chapter 1: The Climate Crisis at the End of Our Fork Chapter 2: The Shape of Things to Come
PART TWO: SPIN
Chapter 3: Blinded by the Bite
Chapter 4: Playing with Our Food
Chapter 5: Capitalizing on Climate Change
PART THREE: HOPE
Chapter 6: Regeneration Nation
Chapter 7: Myth-Informed: Responding to the Critics Chapter 8: The Hunger Scare Chapter 9: Busting the Biotech Promise
PART FOUR: ACTION
Chapter 10: Eat the Sky: Seven Principles of a Climate-Friendly Diet Chapter 11: Beyond the Fork
Use Your Words: A Glossary and Re-Glossary Acknowledgments Resources