Your World Food Day 2012 Reading List

Today, October 16th, is World Food Day. Established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), it is noted that, “organizations around the world mobilize advocacy campaigns and events on October 16 to strengthen the political will to end hunger.” Further, in recognizing World Food Day, we cooperate in promoting an international solidarity in the struggle against hunger and poverty, as well as shine a bright light on advances and achievements in food security and new developments in agriculture. We’ve made a list of some of our favorite PUP books on Food. Get reading!

Darwinian Agriculture: How Understanding Evolution Can Improve Agriculture
by R. Ford Denison
As human populations grow and resources are depleted, agriculture will need to use land, water, and other resources more efficiently and without sacrificing long-term sustainability. Darwinian Agriculture presents an entirely new approach to these challenges, one that draws on the principles of evolution and natural selection. Check out Chapter 1.

Feeding the World: An Economic History of Agriculture, 1800-2000
by Giovanni Federico
This book offers a comprehensive history of world agriculture of the past two centuries and explains how these feats were accomplished. Here’s Chapter 1.

School Lunch Politics: The Surprising History of America’s Favorite Welfare Program
by Susan Levine
In the midst of privatization, federal budget cuts, and suspect nutritional guidelines, Levine examines the politics of the school lunch program, which remains popular and feeds children who would otherwise go hungry. Read the Introduction.

Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate
by William F. Ruddiman
The impact on climate from 200 years of industrial development is an everyday fact of life, but did humankind’s active involvement in climate change really begin with the industrial revolution, as commonly believed? Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum has sparked lively scientific debate since it was first published–arguing that humans have actually been changing the climate for some 8,000 years–as a result of the earlier discovery of agriculture. Check out Chapter 1.

The Nature of Nutrition: A Unifying Framework from Animal Adaptation to Human Obesity
Stephen J. Simpson & David Raubenheimer
Drawing on a wealth of examples from slime molds to humans, The Nature of Nutrition has important applications in ecology, evolution, and physiology, and offers promising solutions for human health, conservation, and agriculture. Here’s Chapter 1.

The Politics of Precaution: Regulating Health, Safety, and Environmental Risks in Europe and the United States
by David Vogel
Vogel takes an in-depth, comparative look at European and American policies toward a range of consumer and environmental risks, including vehicle air pollution, ozone depletion, climate change, beef and milk hormones, genetically modified agriculture, antibiotics in animal feed, pesticides, cosmetic safety, and hazardous substances in electronic products. Read Chapter 1.