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5.0 out of 5 starsSubject matter could not be more topical -- nor better researched.
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2015
I don't think I have a friend who does NOT have a copy of "Diet for a Small Planet" on his/her bookshelf. We all remember the ten-tons-of-corn-to-grow-one-ton-of-beef equation. This book (penned by the daughter of "...Small Planet") is just as important. Similar message, but updated to educate us about the real costs of the agricultural (and related) industries on our enviroment. Her research is dazzlingly extensive (but not overly scholastic), her message VITALLY important. Especially valuable are her rebuttals to the agribusiness positions, which she shows are often based on innacurate and misleading "facts." All Environmental Studies programs should include this book in their courses. So should Econ programs. And, sadly, PoliSci programs.
This book is engaging, informative,and well-written. Anna Lappe has researched and studied the relation and correlation between climate change and our food. This book is full of ideas and encouragement for those of us who want to live a lifestyle that is more sustainable for our planet.
5.0 out of 5 starsVery important read for environmentalists
Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2021
This book is packed with great information, and provides a necessary reference for reducing our carbon footprint, especially when it comes to food production. The print is a bit small and faint, but it's well worth the effort to read it.
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2010
This is essential reading for anyone concerned with living a sustainable life. The first section is very depressing, but the book gets better as she discusses solutions to the issues presented in subsequent sections. She presents some very compelling arguments and counter-arguments.
The wake-up call is that Big Agriculture is destroying out planet and contributing to climate change in a huge way. Reading the book is a huge wake-up call. and will forever change the way you look at products as you walk through the grocery store.
Personally I have already implemented some changes in my food buying habits as a result of reading the book, and I don't change habits easily!
5.0 out of 5 starsYou have no comprehension of the complexity of Global Warming ...
Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2014
You have no comprehension of the complexity of Global Warming until have read this book. Anna Lappe links the parts of Global Warming together, As you read page after page you begin to understand how your life will be affected by this problem we have created. This is the problem that has to solved. Question How is Global Warming related to cows and supermarkets? Answer Read the book then go back and read it again.
There's much more that I can do on an individual level to at least move in the right direction. While my individual actions alone won't amount to a hill of beans in the grand perspective, they will in my individual life--that I've done all I can do to bring no harm to Mother Earth. If enough of us act in concert, then we are also a part of a new momentum--and that is the only action that has ever brought change.
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2010
This book shares information that we never thought about before. In some ways, we already know some of this stuff, but we never put it together before. Anna Lappe does a really great job at making clear how our current ways of purchasing and eating food impact climate and the whole world, and how we can do things differently. She does all this clearly, with humor and good writing.
Great book, well researched but will easily date if not constantly reviewed. A criticism would be that it is too USA centric and totally ignores the emerging markets such as China, India, Brazil and ASEAN. Never-the-less, well worth reading.
Ameno, fácil de leer, con muchas referencias en donde puedes informarte acerca de la información que se presenta. Lo recomiendo para todos los que están interesados en saber el impacto ambiental de la comida que consumimos y para aquellos que buscan mejorar el planeta a partir de un cambio en sus hábitos de consumo.
5.0 out of 5 starsShould be required reading for all
Reviewed in France on April 7, 2017
As a vegetarian and environmentalist, the contents of this book were not a surprise overall. But there were lots of great examples of things being done right, inspiring stories and projects. With lots of recommendations in the last part of the book for how to get active.