Reports & Resources: Books


Blending history, reporting, and a deep understanding of American farming and food production, Foodopoly is the shocking and revealing account of the business behind the meat, vegetables, grains and milk that most Americans eat every day, including some of our favorite and most respected organic and health-conscious brands. Hauter also pulls the curtain back from the little-understood but vital realm of agricultural policy, showing how it has been hijacked by lobbyists, driving out independent farmers and food processors in favor of the likes of Cargill, Tyson, Kraft and ConAgra. Foodopoly demonstrates how the impacts ripple far and wide, from economic stagnation in rural communities at home to famines overseas. In the end, Hauter argues that solving this crisis will require a complete structural shift—a change that is about politics, not just personal choice.

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.

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 […]