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Diet for a Hot Planet

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Beyond what we already know about "food miles" and eating locally, the global food system is a major contributor to climate change, producing as much as one-third of greenhouse gas emissions. How we farm, what we eat, and how our food gets to the table all have an impact. And our government and the food industry are willfully ignoring the issue rather than addressing it. I ...more
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Published April 1st 2010 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published 2010)
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Susan Albert
In 1973, I read Frances Moore Lappé's Diet for a Small Planet. It helped me to understand the real costs of the food (particularly the meat) that I put on the table for myself and my family. It required me to completely rethink my family's diet. For me and for many others, it was nothing short of revolutionary.

Now, nearly forty years later, another Lappé—Anna Lappé—clearly her mother's daughter, has written another revolutionary book, measuring the planetary cost of the way we eat. It's not just
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Oldroses
Apr 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, environment
Thanks to the efforts of Al Gore, most people are aware of their carbon footprint and ways that they can reduce the size of their footprint. But how many of us know that we also have a “foodprint”? Anna Lappé introduces us to this important concept in her book, "Diet for a Hot Planet".

Thanks to the factory farming of crops and animals, the very food we eat is contributing to the problem of global warming. The production of chemical fertilizers and pesticides fill the air with greenhouse gases. T
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Ali
Yet another book on eating right for the environment? Yes! But this one covered topics that have been so far in my readings left out of other books, such as, for one example, an in-depth discussion of 'greenwashing' metehods and how to recognize them.

When I got this book I really wasn't in the mood to delve into a dry, lengthy non-fiction so I planned to browse it out of order. Well I looked into the 'how to read this book' section and it encouraged me to do just that.

I actually read the summa
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Amber
Apr 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an introduction to the science of climate change as affected by the global industrial food system, Diet for a Hot Planet excels at informing and entertaining. I have to admit I was hesitant when I started reading it and was sure it was going to be a chore to get through, but I really enjoyed it. Lappe writes in a way that is straight forward and easy to understand, which is a quite feat considering the volume of information included in the book.

In fact, that would be my only qualm, at least w
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Michael
Apr 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction-read
The book achieves an effective fusion of climate change and food security issues presented in an engaging style and accompanied by many excellent resources for further investigation of areas of particular interest to the reader. It provides a useful handbook for addressing the challenges that face us as individuals, as citizens, and as members of the world community as we attempt to take responsibility for the anthropic components of climate disruption and food insecurity and seek to mitigate th ...more
Nicole
Blah blah blah.

Activists are pushy when in tight quarters, even if you totally support their campaigns.
Entitlement is so unbecoming an author.

I support the ideas put forth by Lappe and the pages I glanced over seemed clear and laced with humor. But this was not the best possible event. Just sayin'.
Tom
Mar 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
I received this from goodreads.com giveaways.

This was an informative book about the connection of what we eat and climate change. It was easy to read and leaves me more aware, but also more hopeful. What is healthful for our bodies, is healthful for the planet. I hope everyone reads it.
Ellen
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good arguments for eating local and organic.
Kelly
Oct 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Excerpted from A belated vegan review of eaarth (Bill McKibben, 2010) and Diet for a Hot Planet (Anna Lappé, 2010).

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Library Thing's Early Reviewer program.)

In Diet for a Hot Planet, Anna Lappé also looks at agriculture's contribution to climate change. In contrast to McKibben's eaarth, Diet for a Hot Planet's comparatively narrow focus results in a more cohesive and comprehensive discussion of the topic. Unfortunately, like
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Roxy Moran
Pretty good! Wish there was a more in-depth section on "Action"; felt a little shorted on the "What You Can Do About It" part. Maybe 1 chapter on how you can eat better and one chapter on community agricultural movements; started this book thinking it would be 50/50 but it was a lot of rehashing the same research that has been done--guess I am a little late coming to this book, since it was written in 2008, 2009, and lots of this stuff has happened since then.

Overall, good book for someone who h
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Diane Kistner
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been following the whole local food and sustainability movements for a while now, so I was steeling myself for the big vegan political diatribe against meat-eating. I was gratified that Anna Lappe did not resort to off-putting put-downs of meat eaters like myself. As she points out, it's not what we eat so much as how it is produced and transported that is so costly to our health, infrastructures, survival skills, and planet at large. Reducing the ratio of meat to fruits and vegetables in o ...more
Toby
May 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In short, if you don't know that what you eat affects the climate, this is a great book for you. If you do know it, you might want to read this so you've got ammo when you talk about it, but you probably won't get much out of the book yourself. Eat less, eat food from closer to home, eat organic if you can, be a vegetarian if you can. It helps the planet. That's about all you need to know.[return][return]The first part of this book is a detailed retelling of all the ways in which our diet is aff ...more
Paul
I recently received this book as a contest prize from Good Reads First Reads. I’ve always been concerned with the issue of climate change. However, I wasn’t aware that food production contributed as much to it as it does. It’s common sense, actually, but most of us don’t think about it.

The author brings into focus the fact that industrialized food production makes a significant contribution to the greenhouse gases currently causing the problem of climate change; from the actual growth of genetic
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Anastasia
I won this book in the Goodreads First Reads contest. It's an advance copy that I can read and review. How exciting!

4/6/10 Disclaimer: I won this book free in the Goodreads First Reads contest.

I have to confess that when it came time to read this book, I actually expected that I already knew most of this information and that the book wouldn't really hold my interest for lack of revelations. In the beginning, I did find that I already knew a lot about the topic, since I have been eating a diet of
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Kate
"In 1971, Frances Moore Lappe's Diet for a Small Planet sparked a revolution in how we think about hunger, alerting millions to the hidden environmental and social impacts of our food choices. Now, nearly four decades later, her daughter, Anna Lappe, picks up the onversation. In her new book, the younger Lappe exposes another hidden cost of our food system: the climate crisis.

"While you may not think 'global wawrming' when you sit down to dinner, our tangled web of global food -- from Pop-Tarts
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Kitten Kisser
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business-farming
The way I see it, it doesn't really matter if you believe in Global Warming or not. The bottom line is that it's our responsibility to educate ourselves about our actions & what effects that have on our world. "Do no harm" should be everyone's motto. That said, if you are a believer in Global Warming you will be nodding your head in agreement to most everything in this book. If you think it's a bunch of nonsense, you probably will believe she is another environmental wack or whatever. I am a ...more
Donna
Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book after receiving it through Goodreads' First Reads program. I requested it because Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe changed by life when I read it in the 70s. In that book, Lappe explained how every step in the food chain uses only ten percent of the protein from the previous level, so that eating high on the food chain has implications in economics and poverty. Vegetarianism thus makes sense for reasons far beyond health and nutrition.

Her daughter, Anna Lappe, expa
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Thom
Jul 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The daughter of an earlier heroine of mine, Frances Moore Lappe, author of Diet for a Small Planet, Anna Lappe, is a good writer, too. This book goes on the shelf right between the climate change literature and the critiques of industrial agriculture, like Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma. Like Pollan, Anna crosses the country (and the globe) to get the story and make it real for the reader.

She argues that indusrial ag accounts for 18% of the atmospheric CO2 problem, but a scant 0.2% of the
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Scott
Apr 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little too simplistic at times but definitely a good introduction with a lot of good sources listed throughout (e.g. talking about New Forest, a fukuoka-style farm in Wisconsin, Tree Crops (1930s), several other agroecological farms and their practices, La Via, Badgely, C. et al., Real Food Challenge, Rainforest Action Network, the Greenhorns, a couple of South Korean co-ops (iCoop), park slope coop, just food, farm santuary, etc etc. Some startling statistics:
-livestock sector alone responsib
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Ryan
Jun 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I should be rating this book higher, and if I were coming from a different perspective I very like would. "Diet for a Hot Planet" is a solid, if somewhat repetitive, primer on what's wrong with our 21st century food production system vis-à-vis climate change and what responsible people can do (and are doing) about it. There's also plenty — though maybe not enough — about the usual suspects' (Monsanto, Syngenta, Tyson, Cargill, ADM, etc.) efforts preserve the status quo. But this is a book with a ...more
Amanda
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who eats
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'm a fan of research papers, and the sheer volume of research that went into writing this book makes it impressive to me. What's even more impressive, though, are the concise and easy to read conclusions that Anna Lappé draws from her research. She clearly shows the connection between climate change and our food system with realism and hope.

The ideas she presents about sustainable eating--from food's origin to its ending--are not radical. Anna draws upon practic
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Chad
Apr 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting treatment of a topic that is clearly in my area of research (she even utilized the name of our research project as a common phrase in her book). Lappe' is the daughter of the famous Francis Moore Lappe' who wrote Diet for a Small Planet in the early 70's. I also met Anna shortly after the book was published at a special dinner. Like most journalists, it's long on stories and human interest aspects and a little short on the details. I'll give her credit for not just arbitrarily pushin ...more
Alex Templeton
This book, which describes the impact our food choices have on global warming, makes a nice companion to other books by denizens of the Slow Food movement--"The Omnivore's Dilemma", by Michael Pollan, "Food Matters", by Mark Bittman. Having already read the former book, as well as many articles by the latter author and his contemporaries, there was not too much in this book that came as a shock to me. I thought Lappé did a nice job of laying out and then explaining the data about how conventiona ...more
Marshall
Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely well-written book on the connection between global warming and food production. It's honest yet inspiring, well-researched yet down-to-earth. There are a lot of details in this book, but it usually finds a way to stay engaging. It's clear this author has a penchant for debating skeptics and greenwashers, as she devotes much of this book to answering false claims.

Anna Lappe is the daughter of Frances Moore Lappe, author of the classic, Diet For a Small Planet. It's obvious that she's ri
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Jody
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has all the scary facts about the American diet and global warming. There were some interesting facts that I didn't know. 'The livestock sector alone is responsible for 18% of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions - That's more than the ENTIRE transportation sector - every car, SUV, ship and plane combined!' The author 'drives' home the point that what we put on our plate is more important that the car we drive, in terms of climate change.

The author advocates some easy to do solu
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Diane
Jun 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
READ THIS BOOK!!! Frances Moore Lappe (Diet for a Small Planet)'s daughter Anna, detailing the links between agriculture and climate change. When I first glanced through it, I thought I would know what was in it from reading Michael Pollan, etc - but there was a lot to learn after all. Including the ways in which organic farming practices CAN feed the world's hungry, no GMOs needed, as well as how to discern greenwashing from the real deal. Written before the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, she told o ...more
Mary
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anna Lappe''s book broadens the concept of how food affects climate change beyond our notion of "food miles." There is far more to it than our food traveling from a distant field to our dinner tables. Lappe' delves into CAFO's (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations), where livestock is confined and scientifically fed, and where energy use and emissions are enormous. She uses the term "greenwashing" for the practice of certain companies that enumerate the ways they are conserving resources and c ...more
AJ
I received a copy of this book through Goodreads' First Reads program.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and expected a lot from Frances More Lappe's daughter. Fortunately, she didn't disappoint! While I think that Diet for a Hot Planet is geared mostly toward the novice foodie and people who haven't already read thoroughly on food politics and sustainability, it still has a bit to offer to those of us who have.

What I really like about Diet for a Hot Planet is how Lappe gives a solid amount of ad
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John
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-climate
This was a great introduction for the layperson to the impacts how the choices we make in the grocery store have on the world as a whole. From the impact we have on the global climate to villagers in Africa to our neighbors and our children, there are very real consequences to the dietary lifestyle we Americans have become accustomed to. These consequences have passed the point of sustainability and are now starting to have irreversible effects on the planet Earth. This book should prompt those ...more
Elyssa
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book through Goodreads' First Reads program.

Anna Lappe does an excellent job of showing the connection between the climate crisis and the food we eat. She walks the reader through modern food production and shows its negative impact on the environment. The amount of well-researched scientific evidence she presents in impressive and she makes this easy to grasp for the reader.

She also provides many solutions to the problem and disputes claims that the crisis is irrevers
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