| Empty Harvest: Understanding
the Link Between Our Food, Our Immunity, and Our Planet - Mark
Anderson, Bernard Jensen (Contributor) - 1993
If you eat food, read this book.
from back cover:
The magnificent ecosystem that nature took millions of years to create is, within the
course of one generation, being destroyed by man's hand. Mother Earth is talking to
us through her droughts, famines, fires, and diseases, but few of us are listening.
While on occasion we hear public outcry about the ozone depletion, the growing
pollution problem, the indiscriminate use of pesticides, the systematic destruction
of our forests, and the ravages of today's "killer" diseases, few have taken the
time to carefully study the problem as a whole.
more info: Empty Harvest: Understanding the Link...
Enduring Seeds: Native American Agriculture and Wild Plant Conservation - Gary Paul Nabham, Wendell Berry - 1991
more info: Enduring Seeds: Native American...
|Work Mother Nature's way to preserve our
biodiversity. I'm so impressed with this book that I've listed it under 3 categories to
be sure you don't miss it.
Gaia's Garden - A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture - Toby Hemenway - 2001
more info: Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale...
|Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human
Spirit - Al Gore - (Reprint) 1993
And the buzz on the street is that Gore actually wrote those words himself.
When Earth in the Balance first came out, it caused quite a stir--and for good reason. It convincingly makes the case that a crisis of epidemic proportions is nearly upon us and that if the world doesn't get its act together soon and agree to some kind of "Global Marshall Plan" to protect the environment, we're all up a polluted creek without a paddle. Myriad plagues are upon us, but the worst include the loss of biodiversity, the depletion of the ozone layer, the slash-and-burn destruction of rainforests, and the onset of global warming. None of this is new, of course, nor was it new in 1992. But most environmentalists will still get a giddy feeling reading such a call to action as written by a prominent politician.
The book is arranged into three sections: the first describes the plagues; the second looks at how we got ourselves into this mess; and the final chapters present ways out. Gore gets his points across in a serviceable way, though he could have benefited from a firmer editor's hand; at times the analogies are arcane and the pacing is odd--kind of like a Gore speech that climaxes at weird points and then sinks just as the audience is about to clap. Still, at the end you understand what's been said. Gore believes that if we apply some American ingenuity, the twin engines of democracy and capitalism can be rigged to help us stabilize world population growth, spread social justice, boost education levels, create environmentally appropriate technologies, and negotiate international agreements to bring us back from the brink. For example, a worldwide shift to clean, renewable energy sources would create huge economic opportunities for companies large and small to design, build, and maintain solar panels, wind turbines, fuel cells, and other ecofriendly innovations.
Gore doesn't mince words when describing just how hard it will be to get out of this jam. Real hope is contingent on a swelling up of concern among the public--and fast. A year into the vice presidency, in an interview with writer Bill McKibben, Gore paraphrased a key passage in his book, "The minimum that is scientifically necessary far exceeds the maximum that is politically feasible." Ah, a political out. Some readers will ask of Gore: what has he done since publishing his book to advance the political feasibility of decisive environmental action? --Chip Giller --This text refers to the Hardcover edition
more info: USA: Earth in the Balance : Ecology and the...
Europe: Earth in the Balance
|no photo|| Seeds of Change: The Living Treasure: The Passionate
Story of the Growing Movement to Restore Biodiversity and Revolutionize the Way Way
We Think About Food - Kenny Ausubel - 1994 (out-of-print)
| Shattering: Food, Politics, and the Loss of Genetic
Diversity - Cary Fowler, Pat Mooney - 1990
more info: Shattering : Food, Politics, and the...
| Silent Spring - Rachel Carson (Reprint) -
more info: USA: Silent Spring
Europe: Silent Spring
| The Work of Nature - How the Diversity of Life
Sustains Us - Yvonne Baskin - 1997
more info: USA: The Work of Nature : How the Diversity...