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The World Food Summit of 1996 defined that ‘food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and preferences for an active life.’ How far have we come? How much have we learnt? What is there to tell? And what have we to celebrate this Fairtrade Fortnight? Penrallt have selected a basket full of books that don't only answer those questions but will help more of us to be more knowledgable about our food choices, and to embrace the important role of informed consumers.

Feeding Britain: Our Food Problems and How to Fix Them

Tim Lang

12,99 € 12,08 €

As we have become wealthier and more discerning, our food has Europeanized (pizza is children's favourite food) and internationalized (we eat the world's cuisines), yet our food culture remains fragmented, a mix of mass 'ultra-processed' substances alongside food as varied and good as anywhere else on the planet. This book takes stock of the UK food system: where it comes from, what we eat, its impact, fragilities and strengths.

A Small Farm Future: Making the Case for a Society Built Around Local Economies, Self-Provisioning, Agricultural Diversity and a

Chris Smaje

18,98 € 17,65 €

A Small Farm Future is a refreshingly new outlook on the way forward for society. A vital resource for activists, students, policy makers and anyone looking to enact change. In a time of UNCERTAINTY, what would a truly RESILIENT SOCIETY look like?The recent pandemic has brought to light the fragility of a globalised food system. We have seen firsthand how important farmers are and how scary it can be when supply chains break down. This is precisely the type of crisis farmer and former social scientist Chris Smaje delves into in his ground-breaking debut A Small Farm Future.

Sitopia: How Food Can Save the World

Carolyn Steel

16,98 € 15,79 €

Whether it's the daily decision of what to eat, or the monopoly of industrial food production, food touches every part of our world. But by forgetting its value, we have drifted into a way of life that threatens our planet and ourselves. Yet food remains central to addressing the predicaments and opportunities of our urban, digital age.

Food and Climate Change without the hot air: Change Your Diet: the Easiest Way to Help Save the Planet

S L Bridle

19,98 €

For anyone who eats; food producers; scientists; food activists; teachers; parents; politicians.

Why Waste Food?

Andrew F. Smith

10,99 € 10,22 €

About one-third of all food grown for human consumption is lost or discarded every year, despite financial, environmental and ethical reasons to not waste food. We grow enough food to adequately feed everyone in the world, yet hundreds of millions of people suffer from hunger, malnutrition or food insecurity. Together it accounts for about 8 per cent of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions. So, if wasting food is such a patently bad idea, why do we discard so much?

Eat to Save the Planet: Over 100 Recipes and Ideas for Eco-Friendly Cooking and Eating

Annie Bell

16,98 € 15,79 €

'The best possible cookbook you could buy for 2021 and beyond.' - The Bookseller. The mainstays of the Planetary Health Diet are plant-based foods, but while these ingredients are central to its recommendations, the diet doesn't go as far as being vegetarian or vegan. Described as a 'flexitarian' diet, recipes in the book include modest quantities of seafood and poultry, with a small amount of red meat being optional - making this new approach to eating achievable and realistic for everyone.

Slow Rise: A Bread-Making Adventure

Robert Penn

17,98 € 16,72 €

Over the course of a year, Robert Penn learns how to plant, harvest, thresh and mill his own wheat, in order to bake bread for his family. In returning to this pre-industrial practice, he tells the fascinating story of our relationship with bread: from the domestication of wheat in the Fertile Crescent at the dawn of civilization, to the rise of mass-produced loaves and the resurgence in homebaking today. Gathering knowledge and wisdom from experts around the world - farmers on the banks of the Nile, harvesters in the American Midwest and Parisian boulangers - Penn reconnects the joy of making and eating bread with a deep appreciation for the skill and patience required to cultivate its key ingredient.

SDG2 - Zero Hunger: Food Security, Improved Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture

Ambe Emmanuel Cheo y Kugedera Andrew Tapiwa

40,00 €

The SDG2 Advocacy Hub coordinates global campaigning and advocacy to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2: To end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030. The Hub brings together NGOs, advocacy groups, civil society, the private sector and UN agencies to share expertise, ideas, and to collaborate on campaigns so that our overall impact as a community of influencers is increased. Aimed at Professional & Vocational sectors, this book assesses the implications of SDG2 for the economic, social and environmental domains of communities and countries. Three case study countries (Nigeria, Ghana, and The Gambia) were used to record values of their SDG2 indicators to demonstrate the operationalization of keeping track and measuring progress. (Concise Guides to the United Nations Sustainable Development (17 in total) are available through the SDG2 website.

There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years - Updated Edition

Mike Berners-Lee

9,99 € 9,29 €

Feeding the world, climate change, biodiversity, antibiotics, plastics, pandemics - the list of concerns seems endless. But what is most pressing, and what should we do first? Mike Berners-Lee has crunched the numbers and plotted a course of action that is full of hope, practical, and enjoyable. This is the big-picture perspective on the environmental and economic challenges of our day, laid out in one place, and traced through to the underlying roots - questions of how we live and think.

How Bad Are Bananas?: The carbon footprint of everything

Mike Berners-Lee

9,99 € 9,29 €

How Bad Are Bananas? was a groundbreaking book when first published in 2009, when most of us were hearing the phrase 'carbon footprint' for the first time. This new edition updates all the figures (from data centres to hosting a World Cup) and introduces many areas that have become a regular part of modern life - Twitter, the Cloud, Bitcoin, electric bikes and cars, even space tourism. His findings, presented in clear and even entertaining prose, are often surprising. And they are essential if we are to address climate change.

Hope in Hell: A decade to confront the climate emergency

Jonathon Porritt

16,98 € 15,79 €

The impacts worsen every year, played out in people's backyards and communities, and more and more people around the world now realise this is going to be a massive challenge for the rest of their lives. In Hope in Hell, Porritt confronts that dilemma head on. He believes we have time to do what needs to be done, but only if we move now - and move together. In this ultimately optimistic book, he explores all these reasons to be hopeful: new technology; the power of innovation; the mobilisation of young people - and a sense of intergenerational solidarity as older generations come to understand their own obligation to secure a safer world for their children and grandchildren.

We Feed the World: A celebration of smallholder farmers and fishing communities

Gaia Foundation

30,00 € 27,90 €

Over the last two years the Gaia Foundation commissioned a team of internationally renowned photographers documented the working lives of small-scale farmers from six continents. Smallholder farmers produce seventy per cent of the world's food, but they're often overlooked, and their livelihoods are under threat from large scale industrial farming which has a huge impact on nature, our landscapes, health and society. From Uganda to Somerset, Ibiza to Colombia these intimate portraits and stories tell a story of diversity, community, nutrition, feminism and the fight against climate change. Published by Little Toller Press, this is an inspiring book packed with hope.

Grassroots Rising: A Call to Action on Climate, Farming, Food, and a Green New Deal

Ronnie Cummins

14,99 € 13,94 €

This book offers a blueprint for building a 'Regeneration Movement' based on consumer activism, farmer innovation, political change, and regenerative finance, embodied most recently by the proposed Green New Deal in the US. Using regenerative agriculture practices that restore our agricultural and grazing lands, we can sequester massive amounts of carbon back into the soil.

Soil, Not Oil: Climate Change, Peak Oil and Food Insecurity

Vandana Shiva

16,98 €

One of the world's most prominent radical scientists, Vandana Shiva cites industrial agriculture and biofuels as recipes for ecological and economic disaster. What is needed most, in a time of hunger and changing climates are sustainable, biologically diverse farms that are better able to resist disease, drought and flooding. Calling for a return to local economies and small-scale agriculture, Shiva argues that humanity's choice is a stark one: we can either continue to pursue a market-centred approach, which will ultimately make our planet unliveable, or we can instead strive for a people-centred, oil-free future, one which offers a decent living for all.

Grass, Soil, Hope: A Journey Through Carbon Country

Courtney White

14,99 € 13,94 €

Scientists maintain that a mere 2 percent increase in the carbon content of the planet's soils could offset 100 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions going into the atmosphere. But how could this be accomplished? What would it cost? Is it even possible? If we can draw increasing amounts carbon out of the atmosphere and store it safely in the soil then, writes Courtney White, we can significantly address all the multiple challenges that now appear so intractable. Using a range of already existing, low-tech, and proven practices: composting, no-till farming, climate-friendly livestock practices, conserving natural habitat, restoring degraded watersheds and rangelands, increasing biodiversity, and producing local food. Every one of these have been tried and tested somewhere in the world, put them together and we can significantly address all the multiple challenges that now appear so intractable.

The Problem with Feeding Cities: The Social Transformation of Infrastructure, Abundance, and Inequality in America

Andrew Deener

26,00 €

Associate professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut, Andrew Deener shows that problems with food access are the result of infrastructural failings stemming from how markets and cities were developed, how distribution systems were built, and how organizations coordinate the quality and movement of food. He profiles hundreds of people connected through the food chain, from farmers, wholesalers, and supermarket executives, to global shippers, logistics experts, and cold-storage operators, to food bank employees and public health advocates. It is a book that will change the way we see our grocery store trips and will encourage us all to rethink the way we eat.

Spoon-Fed: Why almost everything we've been told about food is wrong

Tim Spector

12,99 € 12,08 €

In a series of short, myth-busting chapters, Spoon-Fed reveals why almost everything we've been told about food is wrong. Spector explores the scandalous lack of good science behind many medical and government food recommendations, and how the food industry holds sway over these policies and our choices. Spoon-Fed is a groundbreaking book that forces us to question every diet plan, official recommendation, miracle cure or food label we encounter, and encourages us to rethink our whole relationship with food. Diet may be the most important medicine we all possess. We urgently need to learn how best to use it, not just for our health as individuals but for the future of the planet.

Fruit from the Sands: The Silk Road Origins of the Foods We Eat

III Spengler Robert N.

21,00 €

Fruit from the Sands presents the fascinating story of the origins and spread of agriculture across Inner Asia and into Europe and East Asia. Through the preserved remains of plants found in archaeological sites, Robert N. Spengler III identifies the regions where our most familiar crops were domesticated and follows their routes as people carried them around the world. With vivid examples, Fruit from the Sands explores how the foods we eat have shaped the course of human history and transformed cuisines all over the globe.

The Hungry Empire: How Britain's Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World

Lizzie Collingham

10,99 € 10,22 €

In twenty meals The Hungry Empire tells the story of how the British created a global network of commerce and trade in foodstuffs that moved people and plants from one continent to another, reshaping landscapes and culinary tastes. The Empire allowed Britain to harness the globe's edible resources from cod fish and salt beef to spices, tea and sugar. Lizzie Collingham takes us on a wide-ranging culinary journey, revealing how virtually every meal we eat still contains a taste of empire.

The Yield

Tara June Winch

14,99 € 13,94 €

A novel, 'but not fiction' about what is to be custodians of the land. Albert "Poppy" Gondiwindi has one final task he must fulfill. A member of the indigenous Wiradjuri tribe, he has spent his adult life in Prosperous House and the town of Massacre Plains, a small enclave on the banks of the Murrumby River. Poppy is determined to pass on the language of his people, the traditions of his ancestors, and everything that was ever remembered by those who came before him. Poppy's granddaughter, August, returns home from Europe. Her homecoming is bittersweet as she confronts the love of her kin and news that Prosperous is to be repossessed by a mining company. Guided by the voice of her grandfather that leads into the past, the stories of her people, the secrets of the river, she vows to save their land. Told in three masterfully woven narratives, The Yield is a celebration of language and an exploration of what makes a place "home."

Food in World History

Jeffrey M. Pilcher

34,99 €

concise survey offers a comparative and comprehensive study of culinary cultures and food politics throughout the world, from ancient times to the present day. It examines the long history of globalization of foods as well as the political, social, and environmental implications of our changing relationship with food, showing how hunger and taste have been driving forces in human history. Including numerous case studies from diverse societies and periods. Expanded chapters on contemporary food systems and culinary pluralism examine debates over the concentration of corporate control over seeds and marketing, authenticity and exoticism within the culinary tourism industry, and the impact of social media on restaurants and home cooks.

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  • Stronger communities – home and abroad
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