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Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do about It.

Anna Lappe, Author, Bill McKibben, Foreword by
Anna Lappe, Author, Bill McKibben, Foreword by , foreword by Bill McKibben. Bloomsbury $24 (313p) ISBN 978-1-59691-659-3
Reviewed on: 12/21/2009
Release date: 03/01/2010
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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. Chock-full of statistics, how-to lists, and stories from her wide-ranging investigative travels, Lappé's book proposes a farming method that is “nature mentored, restorative, regenerative, resilient, and community empowered”; and a diet to reduce carbon and cool the planet. “Put plants on your plate,” she advises; go organic, avoid packaging, eating out, and wasting food. Much of this will sound familiar to Michael Pollan's readers, and unfortunately, Lappé pales by comparison. Her stories tend to be shallow, unfinished, and sometimes marginally relevant, and her prose is sloppy. And although the book's message may have been ripe when Lappé began her research, extensive media coverage on the subject since may have put this book past its freshness date. (Apr.)

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