Reports and Resources: Hunger & Food Security

Everything that we talk about through this project is grounded in research, peer-reviewed studies and on-the-ground evidence. As we connect the dots about our food and farming systems, we look to the ongoing work of many who are dedicated to getting to the bottom of these important questions. This section highlights the reports, books, documentaries and the many resources we draw from. Looking for a report we cite in the video? A study to use for a class paper? A translation of the script for organizing in your own community? You’re in the right place. Whether you’re new to the food movement or well-versed on the issues, we hope these resources will be helpful as you sharpen your own analysis. Check it out and look around, this section is updated regularly with new resources as they come out.

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American Wasteland

American Wasteland chronicles how we waste food from farm to fork and examines the impact of our squandering. With an upbeat tone, the book offers suggestions on how we—as a nation and as individuals—can trim our waste. A word of warning: It’s a book that forces you to reconsider your approach to food. Because once you’re looking for food waste, it’s hard to miss.

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World Hunger: Twelve Myths

An authoritative book at the intersection of global hunger and the food movement, World Hunger: Twelve Myths draws on and distills the extensive research of the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First). Frances Moore Lappé, Joseph Collins, and Peter Rosset examine head-on the policies and politics that have kept hungry people from feeding themselves around the world, and the misconceptions that have obscured our own national, social, and humanitarian interests.

Diet for a Hot Planet

Diet For a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It

In Diet for a Hot Planet, Anna Lappé plunges into the heart of this era’s newest food fight with a simple message: if we’re serious about addressing climate change, we have to talk about food. The food system is responsible for as much as one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions. More than all forms of […]

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Fact Sheets

Agroecology Fact Sheet

Agroecology applies ecological science to the study and practice of food and farming. It links ecology, culture, economics, and traditional knowledge to create healthy, plentiful food, enrich soil, combat climate change, and conserve water and other resources. Download and share this fact sheet on the benefits and success of agroecology, created by Small Planet Institute.

SPI GMO Fact Sheet

Seven Things To Tell Your Friends About GMOs

There’s a lot of opinion these days about genetically engineered foods – whether they’re safe, if they should be labeled, and how they affect the environment – to name a few. To learn more about the links to health, environmental, and food security issues at the heart of the debate, Small Planet Institute‘s newest handy guide is […]

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Tackling the Food Waste Crisis

The folks over at Sustainable America created this great infographic to show how food is wasted and lost around the world and what can be done about it. Check out their blog post Tackling the Food Waste Crisis for a more in-depth breakdown of all the facts and figures.


Soil to Sky: Agroecology vs Industrial Agriculture Infographic

The Christensen Fund put together a great infographic detailing the differences of industrial agriculture and agroecology from SOIL to SKY including farm yields, biodiversity and water systems, livelihoods and the climate impact of our food systems. Nicely done, check it out. Click for full size version:

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Reading Guides

Companion Reading Guide

Companion Reading Guide | Food MythBusters Film: “Do We Really Need Industrial Agriculture to Feed the World?”

For more than ten years, I’ve been circling the globe, talking with farmers and farming families from Mali, Kenya, Brazil, India, Poland, Bangladesh, China, Mexico, the Midwest, California, the Gulf of Mexico, and beyond. Across such diversity of geography, language, and history, I’ve heard the same story: the damage—to the environment, to farmers, and to […]

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Standing on the Sidelines: Why food and beverage companies must do more to tackle climate change

For the food and beverage industry, climate change is a major threat. For millions of people, it means more extreme weather and greater hunger. The Big 10 food companies are significant contributors to this crisis, yet they are not doing nearly enough to help tackle it. As part of the Behind the Brands campaign, Oxfam calls on the Big 10 to step up and take action on climate change.


Feeding the World? Twelve Years Later, U.S. Grain Exports Are Up, So Too Is Hunger

Twelve years after the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s 1999 Feeding the World report debunked the industry claims that corn and soy exports were “feeding the world,” both exports and hunger are still on the rise. This 2011 report takes a look at where things stand now and how this affects global food security.


Agriculture and Climate Change: Real Problems, False Solutions

As countries negotiate for policies to confront to the climate crisis, agriculture is a large part of our emissions and needs to be central to developing solutions. Highlighting some of the ways that agriculture proposes to mitigate and promote adaptation to climate change through the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the authors argue that policy makers shouldn’t assume that solutions to climate change are necessarily technical. Many of the solutions are social and cultural.

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Script français

Le script en français: PDF Do you want to download the script in French?  View the PDF

Proyecto Mitos Alimentarios Guión de Video

Proyecto Mitos Alimentarios: Guión de Video en Español [Spanish Script]

Quiere descargar el guión del video en Español?  Ver el PDF Do you want to download the script in Spanish?  View the PDF  

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Save and Grow

Save and Grow: A New Paradigm for Agriculture | A Policymaker’s Guide to the Sustainable Intensification of Smallholder Crop Production

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations put out this report, presenting “a new paradigm for agriculture worldwide” based from sustainable crop production intensification (SCPI).  This method produces more from the same area of land while conserving resources, reducing negative environmental impacts and building from existing relationships within the ecosystem. Watch the video | View […]