We Are What We Eat: A Slow Food Manifesto

Agriculture, Policies

We Are What We Eat: A Slow Food Manifesto

In We Are What We Eat, Alice Waters urges us to take up the mantle of slow food culture, the philosophy at the core of her life’s work. When Waters first opened Chez Panisse in 1971, she did so with the intention of feeding people good food during a time of political turmoil. Customers responded to the locally sourced organic ingredients, to the dishes made by hand, and to the welcoming hospitality that infused the small space — human qualities that were disappearing from a country increasingly seduced by takeout, frozen dinners, and prepackaged ingredients. Waters came to see that the phenomenon of fast food culture, which prioritized cheapness, availability, and speed, was not only ruining our health, but also dehumanizing the ways we live and relate to one another.

Over years of working with regional farmers, Waters and her partners learned how geography and seasonal fluctuations affect the ingredients on the menu, as well as about the dangers of pesticides, the plight of fieldworkers, and the social, economic, and environmental threats posed by industrial farming and food distribution. So many of the serious problems we face in the world today — from illness, to social unrest, to economic disparity, and environmental degradation — are all, at their core, connected to food.

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Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet

Agriculture, Policies

Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet

Thirty years ago, Frances Moore Lappé started a revolution in the way Americans think about food and hunger. Now Frances and her daughter, Anna, pick up where Diet for a Small Planet left off. Together they set out on an around-the-world journey to explore the greatest challenges we face in the new millennium.

Traveling to Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe, they discovered answers to one of the most urgent issues of our time: whether we can transcend the rampant consumerism and capitalism to find the paths that each of us can follow to heal our lives as well as the planet.

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Pombo: A Man of Che’s Guerrilla, With Che Guevara in Bolivia 1966-68 (The Cuban Revolution in World Politics)

Civil War, Threats

Pombo: A Man of Che’s Guerrilla, With Che Guevara in Bolivia 1966-68 (The Cuban Revolution in World Politics)

A firsthand account of the 1966-68 revolutionary campaign in Bolivia led by Ernesto Che Guevara.

This is the story of Pombo the nom de guerre of Harry Villegas, a young fighter still in his 20s, who was a member of Guevara s general staff.

Villegas led the small group of combatants who survived the Bolivian army s encirclement and lived to recount this epic chapter in the history of the Americas.

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