"An Inconvenient Truth", by Al Gore.
With this book, Gore, who is one of our environmental heroes—and a leading expert, brings together leading-edge research from top scientists around the world; photographs, charts, and other illustrations; and personal anecdotes and observations to document the fast pace and wide scope of global warming.
"Appetite for Profit", by Michele Simon.
Simon, a health policy expert and law professor, explains the ABCs of the business imperative of "Big Food" (Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods and McDonald's, among many others): make short-term profit without regard to the product's nutritional value or societal effects.
"Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming", James Hoggan w/ Richard Littlemore.
Canadian environmental activists Hoggan and Littlemore pull no punches in this spirited indictment of global warming deniers. Their well-sourced research spotlights premeditated prevarications about the threat of greenhouse gas emissions by the oil and coal industry, in league with junk scientists, compliant conservative politicians and unsavory public relations practitioners.
'Comfortably Unaware' by Dr. Richard Oppenlander Finally, here’s an authoritative voice, saying everything so many of us have been thinking and feeling and struggling to express. I was glad to see the extensive end notes documenting every single thing Dr. Oppenlander has to say - the what, when, where, who and whys of planetary destruction. Read the Savvy Veg Review
"Diet for a Hot Planet" by Anna Lappé.
Lappé, daughter of green food writer Frances Moore Lappé, evokes her mother's 1971 classic, Diet for a Small Planet, to critique industrial farming and its carbon costs and give her own updated, upbeat prescription for a climate-friendly food system.
"Gaia's Garden", by Toby Hemenway.
This is my favorite gardening book. It's a complete, user friendly guide to backyard permaculture - organic, sustainable, ecologically sound agriculture scaled to the small holding.
"In Defense of Food", by Michael Pollan.
Pollan provides another shocking yet essential treatise on the industrialized Western diet and its detrimental effects on our bodies and culture. Here he lays siege to the food industry and scientists' attempts to reduce food and the cultural practices of eating into bite-size concepts known as nutrients, and contemplates the follies of doing so.
'The Compassionate Diet: How What You Eat Can Change Your Life and Save the Planet' by Arran Stephens, Eliot Jay Rosen: Delightful, refreshing, enlightening, necessary book - clearly, simply, lovingly says, "Yes, you're on the right path. Veg diet is the compassionate, sane, healthy way for you, for the animals, for the planet." Read the Savvy Veg Review
"The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World," by John Robbins: Contends that plant-based nutrition and particularly vegan diets (free of meat, milk, and eggs) lead to long life and good health. Tells us what we can do to help stop global warming, feed the hungry, prevent cruelty to animals, avoid genetically modified foods, be healthier and live longer. Read the Savvy Veg Review
'The Vegetarian Solution', by Stewart Rose, VP of Vegetarians of Washington explains why a vegetarian diet is best for our health, the environment, global warming, animal welfare, and our souls - in a friendly, compassionate, upbeat, quietly persuasive way with no guilt!Read the Savvy Veg Review
"Veggie Revolution," by Sally Kneidel. Smart Choices for a Healthy Body and a Healthy Planet. This account of how one family has explored the connections between food, health, community and the environment may inspire others to look beyond stereotypes to discover the many dimensions of a vegetarian lifestyle. Read the Savvy Veg Review