Sarah Stone’s summer reading picks for food

If you’ve climbed all the trees, watched all the movies and swam all the creeks you can handle, maybe it’s time for a good book.  This week, we asked some environmentally minded stars at Mizzou what they suggest for a little summer reading.

Sarah Stone, technical director for MSA/GPC tech and advisor to the Student Sustainability Office, says, “As the school year just ended, I’ve had limited time to read. But, what I have had a chance to look over is mostly related to what Americans eat and how it’s produced.”  Here’s what she recommends:

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

What should we have for dinner? The question has confronted us since man discovered fire, but according to Michael Pollan, the bestselling author of The Botany of Desire, how we answer it today, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, may well determine our very survival as a species. The surprising answers Pollan offers to the simple question posed by this book have profound political, economic, psychological, and even moral implications for all of us. Beautifully written and thrillingly argued, The Omnivore’s Dilemma promises to change the way we think about the politics and pleasure of eating. For anyone who reads it, dinner will never again look, or taste, quite the same.

The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter by Peter Singer

Sarah picked a good quote from this one: “as environmental science has advanced, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future — deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities and the spread of disease.”


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