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Preliminary Food Justice Reading List 

David Larom, Ph.D. (SDSU), Virgilio Felix (IRC), Food Justice Students 
BOOKS 1. Brown, Lester R. “World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse, Earth Policy Institute, 2011. Brown gives a comprehensive treatment of the global food, fuel and ecosystem services crisis, with particular attention to its effects on humans. His solution, “Plan B” is projected to cost US $177 billion per year (1/8 of global military spending) for the next 20 years. 2. Collier, George and Elizabeth Lowery Quaratielo. “Basta! Land and The Zapatista Rebellion in Chiapas.” Oakland, Ca: Food First Books, 2005. George Collier and Elizabeth Lowery Quaratiello paint a vivid picture of the historical struggle for land faced by the Maya Indians, who are among Mexico’s poorest people. Examining the roles played by Catholic and Protestant clergy, revolutionary and peasant movements, the oil boom and the debt crisis, NAFTA and the free trade era, and finally the growing global justice movement, the authors provide a rich context for understanding the uprising and the subsequent history of the Zapatistas and rural Chiapas, up to the present day. 3. De Schutter, Olivier. “Building Resilience: A Human Rights Framework for World Food and Nutrition Security. Promotion and Protection of all Human Rights, Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Including the Right to Development.” Geneva: Human Rights Council, United Nations, 2008. De Schutter analyzes the current food crisis from a human rights perspective. Exploring the risks and opportunities of the food crisis, he presents why a human rights framework should be adopted to respond to food security. 4. Desmarais, Annette. “La Via Campesina: Globalization and The Power of Peasants.” Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 2006. Desmarais, a former grain farmer and long time participant in Via Campesina, explains the development of the revolutionary peasant movement to maintain one’s land, culture and food community. 5. Giesel, Theodore Seuss. “The Lorax” New York: Random House, 1971. Wonderful children’s book about conservation. 6. Funes, Fernando, Luis Garcia, Martin Bourque, Nilda Perez, and Peter Rosset. “Sustainable Agriculture and Resistance: Transforming Food Production in Cuba.” Oakland Ca: Food First Books, 2002. After the fall of the Soviet Union, fertilizers, farm machinery, pesticides and fuel disappeared from the Cuban countryside nearly overnight. In this book Cuban authors, tell the story of the transformation of Cuban agriculture from industrial agriculture to the world’s leader in sustainable farming. 7. Gottlieb, Robert and Anupama Ghoshi, “Food Justice”, MIT Press, 2010. Brand-new book from Gottlieb, Henry R. Luce Professor of Environmental Studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Not yet reviewed. 8. Holt-Gimenez, E. “Campesino a Campesino: Voices from Latin America’s Farmer to Farmer Movement.” Oakland: Food First Books, 2006. In 1978 Eric Holt-Gimenez, then a volunteer teaching sustainable agriculture in Mexico, invited a group of visiting Guatemalan Farmers to teach a course in the village he was volunteering - this and other efforts marked the beginning of a broad-based farmer’s movement. Written with dozens of farm leaders, this book chronicle 25 years of the continent’s farmer-to-farmer movement for sustainable agriculture. 9. Holt-Gimenez, Eric, Raj Patel and Annie Shattuck. “Food Rebellions!: Crisis and Hunger for Justice.” Cape Town, Oakland CA and Boston MA: Pambazuka Press, Food First Books, and Grassroots International, 2009. Food Rebellions! contains up to date information about the current political and economic realities of our food systems. Anchored in political economy and in historical perspective, it is a valuable academic resource for understanding the root causes of hunger, growing inequality, the industrial agri-foods complex, and political unrest. 10. Kimbrell, A.(ed). “Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture.” Washington DC: Island Press, 2002. Fatal Harvest gives a view of our current destructive agricultural system and a vision for a healthier way of producing our food in a collection of essays from writers and scholars such as Wes Jackson, Wendell Berry, Vandana Shiva, Jim Hightower, and Gary Nabhan. Comes as a reader or as a gorgeously illustrated coffee table book. 11. Mollison, Bill and Reni Mia Slay. “Introduction to Permaculture.” Florida: Permaculture Publications, 1981. There are many permaculture books, but Mollison is one of the co-inventors and this book is perhaps less impenetrable than his definitive tome “Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual”. 12. Patel, Raj. “Stuffed and Starved: Market, Power, and Hidden Battles of the World’s Food System.” London: Portobello Books, 2007. Tracing the Global food chain, Patel exposes the unjust irony of our modern food system: we now have massive health epidemics of both starvation and obesity. Patel uncovers the truth behind corporate control over our food, and offers solutions to regain a more equitable and healthy food system. 13. Pearce, Fred. “When the Rivers Run Dry: The Defining Crisis of the 21st Century.” Massachusetts: Beacon Press, 2006. Journalist Fred Pearce does a great job in showing the reader how we miss use water and abuse it worldwide. Pearce shows ancient and modern agricultural water use practices and how they are based on abundance of water usage. He goes on to give examples of what people are doing to stem the water crisis. 12. Perfecto, Ivette and John Vandermeer. “Breakfast of Biodiversity: The political Ecology of Rainforest Destruction. Oakland: Food First Books, 2006. Vandermeer and Perfecto expose the political, international, and economic forces driving rainforest destruction, and present democracy, sustainable agriculture, and land security as solutions to deforestation. 13. Pollan, Michael. “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat.” New York: The Penguin Group, 2009. Pollan’s personal account of four very different meals uncovers surprising facts about growing, creating, and eating food. 14. Richards, Paul. “Indigenous Agricultural Revolution: Ecology and Food Production in West Africa.” London: Huntchison, 1985. Richards critiques the top-down model of agricultural research and highlights case studies of complex, ecologically sustainable peasant agricultural systems in Africa. 15. Shiva, Vandana. “The Violence of the Green Revolution.” London: Zed books, 1991. Vandana Shiva shows how the long-term negative effects of the Green Revolution outweigh the short-term yield increases in the fertile region of India known as the Punjab. Shiva Lays out the long-term impacts of the Green Revolution – from increased pests and diseases, to water scarcity, greater inequality, and social conflict – which embed a structural violence against the people and the land of Punjab.

S. A short. The definitive movie about corporate takeover and industrialization of food. but she introduces the important concept of the “Triple Crisis”. 2006. a young Colombian development worker named Paolo Lugari wondered if the nearly uninhabited. “Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis”.foodfirst. www.” U. 6. WEBSITES 1.org 5. 18.agroeco.” Food First Policy Brief No. his experiment would be one of the world’s most celebrated examples of sustainable living: a permanent village called Gaviotas.: Lily Films. Los Llanos—the rain-leached. Wright. Filled with personal stories from within Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement(MST). He had no idea that nearly four decades later. “State Forestry and Social Conflict in British India. Miguel Altieri and Peter Rosset. 3. Miguel A. To inherit the Earth provides the historical. 4. 2009. www.com FILMS 1.” Toronto: Sumach Press. Shiva’s style is rambling and polemic. Peak Oil and climate chaos.” New Delhi: Palgrave Mcmillan Journals. ARTICLES 1. partners and policy” for the American food system.S. Altieri. Marie-Monique Robin. 2008. “Fast Food Nation: Do you Want Lies with That?” U. 1999.org 3.earth-policy. 5. Oakland: Institute for food and Development Policy. and Madhav Gadgil.org 2. A report on the potential effects of the alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. 19. 2003. 2008. Deborah Barndt.: Fox Searchlight Pictures.12. 1993.freshthemovie. 3. Deborah Koons Garcia. Shiva. she charts the impacts of industrial agriculture and what they mean for small farmers. 2006. in addition to the long-term consequences of the Green Revolution. Magnolia Home Entertainment. “To Inherit the Earth: The Landless Movement and the Struggle for a New Brazil. Angus and Wendy Wolford. the interconnected unfolding of soaring food prices. Jean Paul Jaud. 2009. “Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World. infertile llanos could be made livable for his country’s growing population. 2008. Shiva.” Book: “Indian Forestry: A Perspective. Closing the Food Gap outlines the food policy reform that is needed to achieve a food security for all income levels.” USA. 2nd Issue June. Shiva. Robert Kenner. eastern savannas of war-ravaged Colombia—are among the most brutal environments on Earth and an unlikely setting for one of the most hopeful environmental stories ever told. 17. MA: South End Press. Mark. “Food Beware” France: J + B sequences. Ramachandra. Weisman. Monopolies. Eric. 1999.org 4. The ten reasons illustrate the ongoing Green Revolution’s negative impacts on local farming communities as well as its rejection of viable alternatives to decrease hunger and poverty in Africa. in the late 1960s.” Green Planet Journal.” Oakland: Food First Books. 2004. Vandana. “Women Working the NAFTA Food Chain: Women. “Closing the Food Gap.” Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing. 4. “Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the global Food Supply. Food & Globalization. there remain specific issues of hunger and poverty in Africa that cannot e solved with another Green Revolution. www.” Boston: Beacon Press. and offers suggestions for “projects. the environment. Ana Sofia Jones. 2008. Runtime: 91 minutes. Guda. Alan. Myths and the Masculinization of Agriculture. www.” Cambridge. Vol. Here. www. “Food. 2009. 2. “Fresh: the Movie” Independent film. political and environmental story of the struggle and success of an agrarian reform movement to secure over 20 million acres of farmland.” New Delhi: Indus Publishing. Vandana.” . Vandana. South End Press. “Ten Reasons” argues that. “The World According to Monsanto. “Environmentally Sound and Socially Just Alternatives to The Industrial Farming Model. 42. Inc. impassioned.16. Powerful dramatization with particularly disturbing (and accurate) slaughterhouse scenes.org 6. 18.auroville. “ Ten Reasons Why the Rockefeller and the Bill and the Melinda Gates Foundations’ Alliance for another Green Revolution Will Not solve the Problems of Poverty and Hunger in Sub-Saharan Africa. 2000. Richard Linklater. and of genetic engineering of food. 5. In Stolen Harvest.ciw-online. www. Holt-Gimenez. and inspiring book that will shape the debate about genetic engineering and commercial agriculture for years to come. “The Future of Food. Winnie. “Monocultures. 2. DVD Release Date: November 3. and the quality and healthfulness of the foods we eat. Excellent analysis of corporate takeover of intellectual property rights to food.