, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 631-632
Date: 29 Jul 2011

Anna Lappé: Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About it

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In Diet for a Hot Planet, Anna Lappé echoes the writings of Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, Marion Nestle, and others that consumers need to know that their food choices have human health and environmental consequences. Lappé emphasizes the strong link between climate change and our food system, stating that the industrialized food system “is heating the planet” (xv). Her book contains four sections that explore the climate crisis, the industrial food industry, the sustainable food system, and finally consumer action for change.

In the first section of the book, “The Crisis,” Lappé outlines how the American diet contributes to climate change. The chapter “The Climate Crisis at the End of Our Fork,” provides an easy-to-understand explanation of the relationship of food production to greenhouse gas emissions through industrialized livestock production, use of chemical fertilizers, and the global transportation of food. In “The Shape of Things to Come,” she identifies the global desire for ...