This open access book asks just how climate-smart our food really is. It follows an average day´s worth of food and drink to see where it comes from, how far it travels, and the carbon price we all pay for it. From our breakfast tea and toast, through breaktime chocolate bar, to take-away supper, Dave Reay explores the weather extremes the world´s farmers are already dealing with, and what new threats climate change will bring. Readers will encounter heat waves and hurricanes, wildfires and deadly toxins, as well as some truly climate-smart solutions. In every case there are responses that could cut emissions while boosting resilience and livelihoods. Ultimately we are all in this together, our decisions on what food we buy and how we consume it send life-changing ripples right through the global web that is our food supply. As we face a future of 10 billion mouths to feed in a rapidly changing climate, it´s time to get to know our farmers and herders, our vintners and fisherfolk, a whole lot better.
Interspersed with an abundance of wholesome exploitation-free recipes, the author provides solutions-based approaches to nurturing personal effectiveness and health, eco-friendly living, home and garden design, veganic food growing, reafforestation strategies, forest gardening, reconnection with wild nature and community regeneration.
When Columbia professor Dickson Despommier set out to solve America´s food, water, and energy crises, he didn´t just think big - he thought up. Despommier´s stroke of genius, The Vertical Farm, has excited scientists, architects, and politicians around the globe. These farms would provide solutions to many of the serious problems we face.
From a text message to a war, from a Valentine´s rose to a flight or even having a child, How Bad are Bananas? gives us the carbon answers we need and provides plenty of revelations. By talking through a hundred or so items, Mike Berners-Lee sets out to give us a carbon instinct for the footprint of literally anything we do, buy and think about. He helps us pick our battles by laying out the orders of magnitude. The book ranges from the everyday (foods, books, plastic bags, bikes, flights, baths...) and the global (deforestation, data centres, rice production, the World Cup, volcanoes, ...) Be warned, some of the things you thought you knew about green living may be about to be turned on their head. Never preachy but packed full of information and always entertaining.
Back to the roots: Wer für den guten Geschmack, für neue, intelligente Lebensmittel kämpft, schützt die biologische Vielfalt und kann damit eine Revolution auslösen. Ein neues Bündnis zwischen Köchen und Bauern ist der natürliche Weg zu nachhaltigen Anbaumethoden und damit zu einem sozialen und kulturellen Wandel: Den Geschmack zu kultivieren lehrt uns, besser und intelligenter zu leben. Carlo Petrini, Gründer von Slow Food und des Agrarnetzwerks Terra Madre, diskutiert mit dem Biologen Stefano Mancuso, der uns in Die Intelligenz der Pflanzen einen neuen Blick auf die Pflanzenwelt eröffnet hat. Die zerstörerische industrielle Landwirtschaft ist gescheitert, da sind sich die beiden Gesprächspartner einig. Statt lebensfeindlicher Monokulturen, der immensen Vergeudung von Nahrungsmitteln und den immer neuen Künstlichkeiten der Star-Gastronomie geht es darum, die Grundlagen einer neuen Kultur des Essens zu schaffen. Und dabei buchstäblich auf dem Boden zu bleiben und bei den Pflanzenanzusetzen, die 96 Prozent der Biomasse des Planeten stellen und uns in vielem als Modell dienen können. Ein beispielnahes, wunderbar anregendes und zukunftsweisendes Gesprächsbuch zweier leidenschaftlicher Spezialisten zu einem Thema, das den Kern unseres Lebens berührt.
In Harvesting the Biosphere, Vaclav Smil offers an interdisciplinary and quantitative account of human claims on the biosphere¿s stores of living matter, from prehistory to the present day. Smil examines all harvests¿from prehistoric man¿s hunting of megafauna to modern crop production¿and all uses of harvested biomass, including energy, food, and raw materials. Without harvesting of the biomass, Smil points out, there would be no story of human evolution and advancing civilization; but at the same time, the increasing extent and intensity of present-day biomass harvests are changing the very foundations of civilization¿s well-being.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2018 Holding her first grandchild in her arms in 2003, Mary Robinson was struck by the uncertainty of the world he had been born into. Before his fiftieth birthday, he would share the planet with more than nine billion people - people battling for food, water, and shelter in an increasingly volatile climate. The faceless, shadowy menace of climate change had become, in an instant, deeply personal. Mary Robinson´s mission would lead her all over the world, from Malawi to Mongolia, and to a heartening revelation: that an irrepressible driving force in the battle for climate justice could be found at the grassroots level, mainly among women, many of them mothers and grandmothers like herself. From Sharon Hanshaw, the Mississippi matriarch whose campaign began in her East Biloxi hair salon and culminated in her speaking at the United Nations, to Constance Okollet, a small farmer who transformed the fortunes of her ailing community in rural Uganda, Robinson met with ordinary people whose resilience and ingenuity had already unlocked extraordinary change. Powerful and deeply humane, Climate Justice is a stirring manifesto on one of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time, and a lucid, affirmative, and well-argued case for hope.
Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University. He gave the Wellek Lectures in Theory in 2014 and has collaborated with Bj¿rk, Haim Steinbach and Olafur Eliasson. He is the author of Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence (Columbia, 2016), Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism (Chicago, 2015), Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (Minnesota, 2013), Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (Open Humanities, 2013), The Ecological Thought (Harvard, 2010), Ecology without Nature (Harvard, 2007), eight other books and 160 essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, music, art, architecture, design and food.