The best books on food sovereignty

The Books I Picked & Why

The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America's Underground Food Movements

By Sandor Ellix Katz

The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America's Underground Food Movements

Why this book?

Sandor Katz is one of the most important faces in the modern fermentation movement, and The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved proves that his influence extends beyond the microbial sphere. This incredible book shows how ordinary people can resist the dominant food system, revive their community, and take direct action to benefit their own health and nutrition.


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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

By Michael Pollan

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Why this book?

If you've been paying attention to local food to any degree in the current century, there's a good chance you've at least heard of Michael Pollan. The Omnivore's Dilemma is my favorite of his books because it breaks down ethical eating into a more digestible and personal story while inviting us to ponder our own eating habits. It's a highly relatable and inspiring read!


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Sacred Cow: The Case for (Better) Meat: Why Well-Raised Meat Is Good for You and Good for the Planet

By Diana Rodgers, Robb Wolf

Sacred Cow: The Case for (Better) Meat: Why Well-Raised Meat Is Good for You and Good for the Planet

Why this book?

With veganism and vegetarianism on the rise, it's books like these that make an important case for keeping meat, especially beef, in our diet. While reputable science is the backbone of the book, it also takes a look at the ethical arguments for keeping local cattle ranching alive, the use of natural fertilizers produced by farm animals, and delicious beef on our plates.


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Braiding Sweetgrass

By Robin Wall Kimmerer

Braiding Sweetgrass

Why this book?

This book offers a less direct argument for creating ethical food systems, but it adds a deeply personal element to the cause. The author takes you on a spiritual journey of gratitude through visiting wild strawberry meadows, maple groves, wildflower fields, and her own garden. A scientist by trade, she does the important work of validating indigenous systems of knowledge as an important counterpart to data-driven science. An important book that's an absolute pleasure to read!


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Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land

By Leah Penniman

Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land

Why this book?

Farming While Black aims to restore the connection between Black people and the land, acknowledging the complications involved in returning to a profession that ties them to a traumatic and exploitive history and also providing a positive outlook by tying in traditional African growing traditions and wisdom. Along with discussing the necessary redesign of our food system in order to benefit us all, it also includes a practical agricultural how-to guide.


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