Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis

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A timely indictment of industrial agriculture's threat to the future of food, health, and the environment.

If we are what we eat, then, as Christopher D. Cook contends in this powerful look at the food industry, we are not in good shape. The facts speak for themselves: more than 75 million Americans suffered from food poisoning last year, and 5,000 of them died; 67 percent of American males are overweight, obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States and supersizing is just the tip of the iceberg: the way we make and eat food today is putting our environment and the very future of food at risk.

Diet for a Dead Planet takes us beyond Fast Food Nation to show how our entire food system is in crisis. Corporate control of farms and supermarkets, unsustainable drives to increase agribusiness productivity and profits, misplaced subsidies for exports, and anemic regulation have all combined to produce a grim harvest. Food, our most basic necessity, has become a force behind a staggering array of social, economic, and environmental epidemics.

Yet there is another way. Cook argues cogently for a whole new way of looking at what we eat—one that places healthy, sustainably produced food at the top of the menu for change. In the words of Jim Hightower, "If you eat, read this important book!"

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"A powerful and provocative indictment of the food industry. If you eat, read this important book!" -- Jim Hightower, author of Let's Stop Beating Around the Bush

"Let our food catastrophe be our wake-up call! We may be the first species to "choose" a diet that is killing us and destroying our planet. But Diet for a Dead Planet provides the big picture, along with fascinating details, to motivate change before it’s too late. Armed with Cook’s compelling expose, we don’t have to be victims. We can choose life." --Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet and Hope’s Edge

"In the epic tradition of all great muckrakers, Chris Cook exposes the forces that have turned our way of eating into something far different from the nourishing, life-giving reality it is supposed to be. In this well-researched and hard-hitting book, he lifts the veil and reveals what you can do to bring food and agriculture back from the brink. This book is a forceful reminder that food should be — and can be — a way of life, not a way of death, for communities, our bodies, and the planet." -- John Robbins, author of Diet For A New America, and The Food Revolution Founder and Board Chair Emeritus, EarthSave International

"Christopher Cook helps us rethink the very ethical and environmental principles that ought to guide our approach to food. In short, Cook is imploring us to think more deeply about our most basic connections to the earth. He raises the big questions and steers us to some possible answers." -- Jeremy Rifkin, President, Foundation on Economic Trends

"I have worked with hundreds of journalists, and Chris is quite simply one of the very best... he has a keen sense of how economics and politics interact to shape the world we live in." -- Eric Bates, Rolling Stone

About the Author:

Christopher D. Cook is an author and award-winning investigative journalist whose work has appeared in Harper’s, Mother Jones, the Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, and The Economist. He lives in San Francisco.

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