Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It by Anna Lappe
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 and what effects our actions have on our world. Do no harm should be everyone's motto. With that said, if you are a believer in global warming you will be nodding your head in agreement to most everything in this book. On the other hand, if you think Global Warming is a hoax, you probably will believe she is another environment nutter. I am asking those of you who don't believe in global warming to remove the climate crisis view and instead view it as this is what we are doing to our home. I can only hope that by removing the climate crisis viewpoint it will help create a better understanding that we all need to make smarter choices for our planet.
In other words, if global warming is a hoax, in the end it really doesn't matter. Why? Because the fact is we humans are wrecking our planet. There is no logical reason to defecate where we sleep and eat. The planet as a whole is our home. It is our responsibility to take care of it to the best of our abilities.
The author makes sure to provide references to back up the information she provides. She also provides information about resources we can explore to further educate ourselves and take action.
I agree with most of her views and already practice a whole heck of a lot of them. No, I'm not patting myself on the back. It is hard and a lot of people treat me like I've lost my mind. I cannot give up and will do my best to show through action how easy it can be to live lighter.
The author encourages the reader to eat local, eat organic, support local farms. Now this doesn't mean the local Tyson chicken factory! But the local family farmer where you can shake their hand, see their birds (hopefully roaming about), produce (hopefully grown in the soil with zero chemicals or toxic fertilizers), honey (hopefully raised with natural practices), etc. Even if the farmer doesn't allow visitors (this can be for a wide varity of reasons, none of them necesarily being because they have something to hide), you'll be able to directly ask important questions regarding if they use pesticides or not and anything else that is important to you. Some farmers are practicing organic, but are not certified. Some farmers are beyond organic (biodynamic). The author encourages us to grow our own food (novel idea hu?), cook for ourselves (now she's getting really crazy!), start a compost pile (really it just doesn't make sense to put twigs out for pick up and throw banana peels in the garbage and then go buy bags of potting/top/garden soil now does it?), etc.
So please, read this book. Do not be fooled by the giant toxic chemical companies. Most man made chemicals are not our friends - unless you want to buddy up to cancer, autism, allergies, digestive disorders...
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