Food industry and biotech expert Brewster Kneen reveals how 'life-science' conglomerates are genetically engineering food plants for corporate profit with little concern for health or the effect on the environment.
From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. In FOLKS, THIS AIN'T NORMAL, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and... More Info
ENERGY takes an unflinching look at the systems that support our insatiable thrist for more power (and the ideas behind those systems) along with their unintended side effects. From oil spills, nuclear accidents, mountaintop-removal coal mining, and natural gas "fracking" to wind power projects and... More Info
A portrait of an often overlooked part of America—Puerto Rico and the Spanish Virgin Islands—this is the little-known story of how the U.S. government, in particular the Navy, almost destroyed a pristine coral reef to provide a target for gunners. The author's true, and humorous, account of his... More Info
For centuries humans have relied on bees' miraculous, life-sustaining work to pollinate crops, produce honey and wax, and sustain our natural food chain. Although beekeeping may seem like a daunting, even dangerous task, it doesn't have to be. Regardless of whether you want to start a business or... More Info
Urban Farms provides in-depth profiles of 16 innovative farms located in major metropolitan areas across the country, each operated by passionate individuals and communities committed to growing their own fruits and vegetables and raising animals. Included in these pages are some of the leaders in... More Info
Reveals how access to and preservation of fresh water is the planet's most pressing issue in the 21st century, in a book by the best-selling co-author of My Life in France that presents an array of colorful, obsessive, brilliant--and sometimes shadowy--characters through which these issues come... More Info
Targets busy budget-conscious moms who want to make a difference when it comes to the environment, whether it be simple changes, such as putting a brick in the toilet tank to save water, or more involved, like converting the family's appliances to more energy-efficient models. Original.
Abandoned factories, shipyards, warehouses, and refineries are features of many industrialized cities around the world. But despite their state of decline, these derelict sites remain vitally connected with the urban landscapes that surround them. In this enlightening new book, Alice Mah explores... More Info
Recounting medical missions in half of the thirty countries in which she has worked for the past twenty-five years in Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific - from Darfur in Sudan to Papua New Guinea and Bhutan - Dr. Gretchen Roedde shares the grim reality of world politics and bureaucratic red tape... More Info
If a city is its people, and its people are what they eat, then shouldn't food play a larger role in our dialogue about how and where we live? The food of a metropolis is essential to its character. Native plants, proximity to farmland, the locations of supermarkets, immigration, food-security... More Info
How can we make the best use of the Places we live in? In recent years, environmental conservation and sustainable development have become critical parts of the planning equation. However, most attempts to incorporate these considerations have focused too narrowly on specialised economic, geologic,... More Info
Arguing that food is peculiarly situated to address the ills of an unjust economic structure, this analysis illustrates how the food system fails growing numbers of people across the world every day. While hunger, obesity, and food-borne illness have all increased in recent years, this study... More Info
Looks at the efforts being made to refute the findings of environmental scientists on the subject of global warming, exploring the public relations techniques, the creation of questionable think tanks, and the mounting private funding being used by pollst
In this compilation of David Suzuki's latest thoughts and writings, the renowned scientist, author, and broadcaster explores the myriad environmental challenges the world faces and their interconnected causes. In doing so, Suzuki shows that understanding the causes?and recognizing that everything... More Info
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2011 HILARY WESTON WRITER'S PRIZE FOR NONFICTION A tree planter's vivid story of a unique subculture and the magical life of the forest. Charlotte Gillspent twenty years working as a tree planter in the forests of Canada. During her million-tree career, she encountered hundreds... More Info
Discusses the carbon footprint--the carbon emissions used to manufacture and transport--everyday items, including paper bags and imported produce, and provides information to help build carbon considerations into everyday purchases.
Global warming is the number one environmental issue of our time, yet some prominent politicians have refused to accept scientific evidence of human responsibility and have opposed any legislation or international agreement that would limit greenhouse gas emissions. A few have gone even further and... More Info
This title dishes up straight talk on the facts about a meat-centered diet. You'll find valuable information on the key issues, and get answers to your questions about the practical and social aspects of being a vegetarian. Going vegetarian is not only a smart choice, but also a delicious one... More Info
Internationally known vegan and bestselling author John Robbins has continued his observations and investigations into food politics and food-related issues of the day in his popular HuffingtonPostcolumn, foodrevolution.org. No Happy Cowscollects these recent observations along with never before... More Info
A follow-up to Black Dog's bestselling Country Wisdom and Know-How, the Country Wisdom Almanac provides hundreds of ideas and methods for living the good and simple life, plus information on weather, gardening, buying produce and cooking by season, holidays, frost dates, moon phases, and more.... More Info
Documents the author's 1997 short-cut voyage through the seldom-traversed North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, where he discovered the planet's largest garbage dump and resolved to raise awareness about the toxic impact of plastic waste in the world's oceans.
Wenonah Hauter is the executive director of Food & Water Watch, but she also runs an organic family farm in Northern Virginia that provides healthy vegetables to over five hundred families in the Washington, D.C., area as part of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Despite this,... More Info
Examines the use of nuclear energy; explores transitioning to renewable energy; and raises awareness about other planetary issues, from deforestation and sea-level rise to nuclear arms and the potential effects of cell phone use.
A Nobel Peace Prize nominee presents a compelling argument citing the costs and consequences of nuclear energy, challenging popular opinions that nuclear energy is inexpensive and does not contribute to pollution, in an account that covers such topics as the limited world supply of uranium, the... More Info
"Conservation biologist Gretchen Daily narrates the evolution, impact, and natural wonder of trees, alongside 26 photographs by Charles Katz that illustrate the development of trees: how trunks were formed, what tree rings tell us about human societies, and how trees define the future of... More Info
At last, an innovative solution for urbanites, apartment dwellers, and anyone who wants to grow their own food in small spaces--growing up! "Vertical Vegetables & Fruit" shows how easy and fun small-footprint food gardening can be.
Explains how to grow and harvest vegetables throughout the year in mobile plastic greenhouses that use little heat, covering topics such as greenhouse design and construction, soil preparation, weed control, pests, and summer and winter crops.
This extensively revised and expanded edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban gardeners. The text's message is that working with nature, not against it, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens.
Make your garden more productive, your garden chores easier, and your outdoor spaces more enjoyable! With a little time and a few tools, you can create handsome, handcrafted items for your garden at a fraction of the cost of buying them in stores. The Vegetable Gardener's Book of Building Projects... More Info
Argues against the "nuclear renaissance" that U.S. corporations claim is underway, exposing the critiques of nuclear power and near daily system failures that plague the industry, and proposes potential energy solutions.
Nuclear weapons are not a subject of intense public discussion and debate, but they should be. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were only the beginning; in recent times, nuclear annihilation at the hands of rogues and terrorists has become an even greater concern than the specter of nuclear war between... More Info
As we struggle to feed a global population speeding toward 9 billion, we have entered a new phase of the food crisis. Wealthy countries that import much of their food, along with private investors, are racing to buy or lease huge swaths of farmland abroad. The Global Farms Race is the first book to... More Info
The Biggest Untold Economic Story of Our Time Here is the truth that the powerful Dirty Energy public relations machine doesn't want you to know: the ascent of solar energy is upon us. The production of solar-generated electricity has risen exponentially in the last few years, and employment in the... More Info
A search for the contemporary Nikola Tesla?considered a mad scientist by his society for predicting global warming more than 100 years ago?fuels this analysis of climate issues, which introduces thinkers and inventors who are working to find possible ways out of the energy crisis.
We live in a time of revolution. Corrupt or inefficient social systems face protests around the globe. Climatic disruption has led to increased earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. And the modern mind is transitioning from an industrial-globalization model toward a... More Info
A journey along a controversial Central Asian pipeline becomes a profound exploration of the oil economy. In a unique journey from the oil fields of the Caspian Sea to the refineries and financial centres of Northern Europe, James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello track the concealed routes along... More Info
Celebrities are lending their name to conservation causes, and conservation itself is growing its own stars to fight and speak for nature. In this timely and essential book, Dan Brockington argues that this alliance grows from the mutually supportive publicity celebrity and conservation causes... More Info
Sharing advice on how to enjoy a birdwatching hobby in city environments, an uplifting guide by the ornithologist blogger at theurbanbirder.com traces the author's personal journey of discovery and shares engaging stories of bird and human encounters in parks, while traveling and through windows.
In these environmentally and economically conscious times, bikes are the smart transportation alternative. The Total Bike Maintenance Book is a comprehensive guide to keeping all the main types of bike--road, hybrid, and mountain--in tiptop condition. Written by a leading expert, this... More Info
Many of us want to make a shift in our lives by slowing down and consuming less, embracing artisan foods, and championing human-scale organic growing methods as safe, compassionate, and pleasurable. Sufficient is a book to inspire, educate and encourage a process of change towards a simple, gentle,... More Info