Suzuki's Green Guide

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Food for Thought:
Eating a Planet-friendly Diet

Switching to a life of wild berry eating, interspersed
with the occasional grub or roasted squirrel, isn’t necessary.

DAVE REAY

On the one hand, today’s food system seems like an incredible success, providing an unprecedented quantity of inexpensive food that’s available year-round no matter where you live. On the other hand, from both health and environmental perspectives, something has gone terribly wrong. Seduced by the siren songs of food corporations and their multi-million-dollar marketing campaigns, confounded by the dazzling variety of choices, and lured on by seemingly endless quantities of everything, many people living in industrialised nations eat diets that are unhealthy for ourselves and the Earth. We drink rivers of soft drink and eat mountains of junk food. We consume portions that have doubled, tripled, and even quadrupled in size. We eat food imported from the other side of the planet but throw away half the food we purchase. We eat foods laced with pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones, and are blind to the ethical impacts of what we eat. Our

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • 1 - Help Wanted- Join the Sustainability Revolution 1
  • 2 - Home Smart Home 24
  • 3 - Food for Thought- Eating a Planet-Friendly Diet 52
  • 4 - Travelling Light 81
  • 5 - Less Stuff- The Zero Waste Challenge 106
  • 6 - Citizen Green 128
  • 7 - Smaller Footprint, Bigger Smile 157
  • Appendix- Background on the Global Environmental Crisis 168
  • Resources 178
  • Index 191
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