We’ve put together a list of books related to food systems, food sustainability and the impact of food on the environment and climate change. Some of our committee members and volunteers have written shorts blurbs about their favourite titles. Have you read something you would like to share? Let us know.
The Stop by Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis
Random House Canada, 2013
Farmageddon: the true cost of cheap meat by Philip Lymbery and Isabel Oakeshott
Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014
They pose some uncomfortable questions en route: are UK farm vets colluding with factory farming rather than safeguarding animal welfare? Why are higher animal welfare standards still not being upheld? And can intensive farming ever really be sustainable? Sadly, the conclusion reached is that many intensive farming practices not only compromise the welfare of farmed animals, but that mega-farming is frequently bad news for our health and environment too.
Swallow This by Joanna Blythman
Fourth Estate, 2015
How ‘natural’ is a natural food flavouring? What keeps pitta bread ‘fresh’ for months in its bag? And why do our salad leaves smell of chemicals? Determined to understand what the food industry does with our supposedly unprocessed food, investigative journalist Joanna Blythman accessed factories, suppliers, and industry insiders to reveal what we’re really eating.
How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything by Mike Berners-Lee
Profile Books, 2010
Not on the Label: what really goes into the food on your plate by Felicity Lawrence
if you have ever doubted the credibility of the information on your food label, Lawrence’s cutting exposé of the British food industry will do little to rekindle your faith. In this collection of investigations into everyday supermarket items, Lawrence starts in an English packhouse and goes as far prawn farms in Vietnam, making a stop at the arid and exploited agricultural fields of southern Spain. An eye-opening read, Not on the Label examines the human as well as environmental costs of our current food system, as Lawrence puts the spotlight on labour and migration issues within the industry and makes a strong case for further investigation.
Tristram Stuart, founder of Feedback, delivers his TED talk and delves into the shocking data of wasted food, calling for a more responsible use of global resources:
- Ecological Footprint Explorer – The Global Footprint Network’s open data workspace to help analyse ecological footprint data from around the world.
- Foodsource – A free online guide to food systems and sustainability by FCRN.
- FCRN – Food Climate Research Network based in Oxford.
- Sustain– Alliance for better food and farming.
- CEDAR – Centre for Diet and Activity Research based in Cambridge.
- Soil Association – UK’s leading membership charity for healthy, humane and sustainable food.
- CGIAR Big Facts – Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security.
- Five Ways Wasting Food Hurts the Environment (and Five Ways To Fix It) – Clear article about the main problems of food waste and how we could address them.
- University of Cambridge Sustainable Food Policy – The work of the University’s catering department towards sustainability.
- Guide to How to Eat Ethically and Sustainably – Lots of useful information about seasonal fruit and veg as well as links to seasonal recipes.