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Reading for Resilience: Books on Food, Policy and the Environment

I originally compiled this list in 2012 for the Food Systems and Policy course I was teaching for the Integrative Nutrition program at Maryland University of Integrative Health. I was looking for a wide range of books that captured the complexities of our modern food system in order to help the students connect the dots between environmental problems and public health. Updated February 2019. Feel free to add any books you think I’ve missed in the comments section.

Adams, J. (1983). Guerrilla gardening. New York: Coward-McCann.

Altieri, M. (1995). Agroecology: the science of sustainable agriculture (2. ed.). Boulder  Colo.: Westview Press.

Anderson, C. L., & American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. (2004). Family and community policy: strategies for civic engagement. Alexandria, VA: American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences.

Benedict, J. (2011). Poisoned: the true story of the deadly E. coli outbreak that changed the way Americans eat. Buena Vista, VA: Inspire Books.

Berry, W. (1996). The unsettling of America: culture & agriculture ([3rd ed.].). San Francisco: Sierra Club Books.

Berry, W. (2002). The art of the commonplace: the agrarian essays of Wendell Berry. Berkeley :: Counterpoint,.

Berry, W. (2009). Bringing it to the table : writings on farming and food. Washington  D.C.  ;London: Counterpoint ;Turnaround .

Bjerga, A. (2011). Endless appetites: how the commodities casino creates hunger and unrest. Hoboken, N.J.: Bloomberg Press.

Blay-Palmer, A. (2008). Food fears: from industrial to sustainable food systems. Aldershot  England; Burlington  VT: Ashgate Pub.

Brown, V. A., Harris, J. A., & Russell, J. Y. (Eds.). (2010). Tackling wicked problems through the transdisciplinary imagination. London ; Washington, DC: Earthscan.

Carolan, M. S. (2018). The food sharing revolution: how start-ups, pop-ups, and co-ops are changing the way we eat. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Carson, R. (2002). Silent spring. (40th Anniversary ed.). Boston: A Mariner Books.

Cordes, K., & Schutter, O. de. (2011). Accounting for hunger the right to food in the era of globalisation. Oxford, [England]; Portland, Or.: Hart Publishing.

Counihan, C., & Van Esterik, P. (Eds.). (2013). Food and culture: a reader (3rd ed). New York: Routledge.

Deppe, C. (2010). The resilient gardener: food production and self-reliance in uncertain times. White River Junction  Vt.: Chelsea Green Pub.

Dover, M. (1987). To feed the earth: agro-ecology for sustainable development. Washington  DC: World Resources Institute.

Eisenstein, C. (2018). Climate: a new story. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books.

Estabrook, B. (2011). Tomatoland: how modern industrial agriculture destroyed our most alluring fruit. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Falk, B. (2013). The resilient farm and homestead: an innovative permaculture and whole systems design approach. White River Junction, Vt: Chelsea Green Pub.

Fussell, B. (2004). The story of corn (University of New Mexico Press pbk. ed.). Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.

Glassner, B. (2007). The gospel of food: everything you think you know about food is wrong. New York: Ecco.

Goody, J. (1982). Cooking, cuisine, and class: a study in comparative sociology. Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ;;New York: Cambridge University Press.

Gottlieb, R. (2010). Food justice. Cambridge  Mass.: MIT Press.

Hawthorne, F. (2005). Inside the FDA: the business and politics behind the drugs we take and the food we eat. Hoboken, N.J.: J. Wiley.

Herring, R. J. (2008). Transgenics and the poor: biotechnology in development studies. London: Routledge.

Hesterman, O. (2011). Fair food: growing a healthy, sustainable food system for all (1st ed.). New York: PublicAffairs.

Holt-Gimenez, E. (2011). Food movements unite!: Strategies to transform our food systems. Oakland  CA: Food First Books.

Hyams, E. (1971). A history of gardens and gardening. New York: Praeger Publishers.

Ikerd, J. E. (2008). Small farms are real farms: sustaining people through agriculture. Austin, Tex.: Acres U.S.A.

Imhoff, D. (2003). Farming with the wild: a new vision for conservation-based agriculture. San Francisco  Calif.  ;Chichester: Sierra Club ;;UPCCP.

Imhoff, D. (2007). Foodfight: the citizen’s guide to a food and farm bill (1st ed.). Healdsburg  Calif.  ;Berkeley: Watershed Media ;;Distributed by University of California Press.

Imhoff, D. (2011). Food Fight The Citizen’s Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill. Univ of California Pr.

Jacke, D. (2005). Edible forest gardens. White River Junction  Vt.: Chelsea Green Pub. Co.

Jensen, D. (2002). Listening to the land: conversations about nature, culture, and Eros. New York: Sierra Club Books.

Jones, E. (1975). American food: the gastronomic story (1st ed.). New York: Dutton.

Jones, V. (2008). The green-collar economy: how one solution can fix our two biggest problems (1st ed.). New York: HarperOne.

Kamp, D. (2006). The United States of Arugula: how we became a gourmet nation (1st ed.). New York: Broadway Books.

Keith, L. (2009). The vegetarian myth food, justice, and sustainability. Crescent City, Calif. :;Oakland, CA :: Flashpoint Press ;;PM Press,.

Keneally, T. (2011). Three famines: starvation and politics. New York: PublicAffairs.

Kimball, K. (2011). The dirty life: a memoir of farming, food, and love (1st Scribner trade pbk. ed.). New York: Scribner.

King, R. F. (2000). Budgeting entitlements: the politics of food stamps. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.

Kurlansky, M. (1998). Cod: a biography of the fish that changed the world. New York: Penguin Books.

Kurlansky, M. (2009). The food of a younger land: a portrait of American food: before the national highway system, before chain restaurants, and before frozen food, when the nation’s food was seasonal, regional, and. New York: Riverhead Books.

Lappé, A. (2010). Diet for a hot planet: the climate crisis at the end of your fork and what you can do about it. New York: Bloomsbury USA.

Lappé, F. (1998). World hunger: twelve myths. New York: Grove Press.

Lengnick, L. (2015). Resilient agriculture: cultivating food systems for a changing climate. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers.

Leopold, A. (1970). A Sand County almanac: with essays on conservation from Round River. New York: Ballantine Books.

Lyson, T. (2004). Civic agriculture: reconnecting farm, food, and community. Medford  Mass.: Tufts University Press.

Maye, D., Holloway, L., & Kneafsey, M. (2007). Alternative food geographies: Representation and practice. Amsterdam; Oxford: Elsevier.

Nabhan, G. (2008). Renewing America’s food traditions: saving and savoring the continent’s most endangered foods. White River Junction  Vt.: Chelsea Green Pub. Co.

Nierenberg, D., & Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (Eds.). (2018). Nourished planet: sustainability in the global food system. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Nestle, M. (2002). Food politics: how the food industry influences nutrition and health (Rev. and expanded ed.). Berkeley  Calif. ;;London: University of California Press.

Nestle, M. (2010). Safe food the politics of food safety. Berkeley; University of California Press,.

Nordahl, D. (2009). Public produce: the new urban agriculture. Washington  DC: Island Press.

Paarlberg, R. (2010a). Food politics: what everyone needs to know. Oxford ;Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Patel, R. (2008). Stuffed and starved: the hidden battle for the world food system. Brooklyn  N.Y.: Melville House Pub.

Pinstrup-Andersen, P., & Schiøler, E. (2001). Seeds of contention: world hunger and the global controversy over GM crops. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Pinstrup-Andersen, P., & Watson, D. D. (2011). Food policy for developing countries: the role of government in global, national, and local food systems. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press.

Pollan, M. (2008). In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. New York: Penguin Press.

Poppendieck, J. (1998). Sweet Charity?: Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement. New York: Penguin.

Poppendieck, J. (2010). Free for all: fixing school food in America. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Roberts, P. (2008). The end of food. Boston: Mariner Books.

Röling, N. G., & Wagemakers, M. A. E. (Eds.). (1998). Facilitating sustainable agriculture: participatory learning and adaptive management in times of environmental uncertainty. Cambridge, U.K ; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Rural Sociological Society., & Brown, D. (2003). Challenges for rural America in the twenty-first century. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press.

Safina, C. (1999). Song for the blue ocean: encounters along the world’s coasts and beneath the seas (1st ed.). New York: Henry Holt.

Sage, C. (2012). Environment and food. Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge.

Schipper, L., & Ayers, J. (Eds.). (2014). Community-based adaptation to climate change: scaling it up. London: Routledge.

Schurman, R., & Munro, W. A. (2010). Fighting for the future of food: activists versus agribusiness in the struggle over biotechnology. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Shaw, J. (2009). Global food and agricultural institutions. London: Routledge.

Shiva, V. (2008). Soil not oil: environmental justice in a time of climate crisis. Cambridge  Mass.: South End Press.

Simon, M. (2006). Appetite for profit: how the food industry undermines our health and how to fight back. New York: Nation Books.

Sinclair, U., & Dickstein, M. (1981). The jungle. New York; Toronto: Bantam.

Smith, A. (2007). Plenty: one man, one woman, and a raucous year of eating locally (1st U.S. ed.). New York: Harmony Books.

Meadows, D. H., & Wright, D. (2008). Thinking in systems: a primer. White River Junction, Vt: Chelsea Green Pub.

Shepard, M. (2013). Restoration agriculture: real-world permaculture for farmers. Austin, Tex: Acres U.S.A.

Spark, A. J. (2007). Nutrition in public health: principles, policies, and practice. Boca Raton: CRC Press.

Standage, T. (2010). An edible history of humanity (Pbk. ed.). New York: Walker & Co.

Steinberg, T. (2009). Down to earth nature’s role in American history (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

Stiglitz, J. E., & Charlton, A. (2005). Fair trade for all: how trade can promote development. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.

Theodoulou, S. Z., & Kofinis, C. (2004). The art of the game: understanding American public policy making. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.

Thompson, P. B. (1992). The Ethics of Aid and Trade U.S. Food Policy, Foreign Competition, and the Social Contract. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from

Valenze, D. (2011). Milk: a local and global history. New Haven [Conn.]: Yale University Press.

Van Rossum, M. K., & Ruffalo, M. (2017). The green amendment: securing our right to a healthy environment.

Walker, B. H., & Salt, D. (2006). Resilience thinking: sustaining ecosystems and people in a changing world. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Wiebe, N. (2010). Food sovereignty: reconnecting food, nature & community. Halifax: Fernwood.

Winne, M. (2010). Closing the food gap resetting the table in the land of plenty ([Nachdr.].). Boston  Mass.: Beacon Press.

Williams-Forson, P. A., & Counihan, C. (Eds.). (2011). Taking food public: redefining foodways in a changing world. New York: Routledge.

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