Recently, Modern Farmer released an article on 1o Books About Food and Farming to Read This Summer. Among those are several titles we carry at the Acres U.S.A. bookstore. So we’d like to showcase those books, as well as suggest a few more that we feel will be very interesting to you, the readers!
(Also – if you are a member of our Book of the Week newsletter, you just learned this morning that our annual August Eco-Farming Book Sale has started early! So these books are all available at the lowest price of the summer! If you would like to receive weekly deals, free excerpts and book news alerts, you can sign up for our Book of the Week email newsletter here.)
The Economics of Sustainable Food
The Economics of Sustainable Food details the true cost of food for people and the planet. It illustrates how to transform our broken system, alleviating its severe financial and human burden.
Chapters discuss strategies to make food production sustainable, nutritious, and fair, ranging from taxes and spending to education, labor market, health care, and pension reforms, alongside regulation in cases where market incentives are unlikely to work or to work fast enough.
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, the most commonly used weedkiller in the world. Nearly 300 million pounds of glyphosate-based herbicide are sprayed on farms—and food—every year.
In Toxic Legacy, senior research scientist Stephanie Seneff, PhD, delivers compelling evidence based on countless published, peer-reviewed studies—all in frank, illuminating, and always accessible language.
The Living Soil Handbook
The Living Soil Handbook is centered around the three basic principles of no-till market gardening: 1) disturb the soil as little as possible, 2) keep it covered as much as possible, and 3) keep it planted as much as possible. Farmer Jesse Frost (interviewed on Acres U.S.A.’s Tractor Time podcast here) guides readers in applying these three principles for their own garden environment to meet their own goals.
Defending Beef 2nd edition
As the meat industry – from small-scale ranchers and butchers to sprawling slaughterhouse operators – responds to climate threats, a pandemic, and the rise of plant-based and lab-produced meats, environmental lawyer-turned-rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman delivers a passionate argument for responsible meat production and consumption in this updated and expanded new edition of her bestselling Defending Beef.
The Soil Will Save Us
As the granddaughter of farmers and daughter of avid gardeners, Kristin Ohlson introduces the visionaries — scientists, farmers, ranchers, and landscapers — who are figuring out in the lab and on the ground how to build healthy soil, which solves myriad problems: drought, erosion, air and water pollution, and food quality, as well as climate change. Her discoveries and vivid storytelling will revolutionize the way we think about our food, our landscapes, our plants, and our relationship to Earth.
The Edible Ecosystem Solution
The Edible Ecosystem Solution is a comprehensive, practical guidebook that looks at underutilized spaces to reveal the many opportunities for landscape transformation that are both far-reaching and immediately beneficial and enjoyable.
More than a decade after Michael Pollan’s game-changing The Omnivore’s Dilemma transformed the conversation about what we eat, a combination of global diet trends and corporate interests have put American agriculture into a state of “quiet emergency”, from dangerous drought in Californian – which grows more than 50% of the fruits and vegetables we eat – to the catastrophic topsoil loss in the “breadbasket” heartland of the United States. Whether or not we take heed, these urgent crises of industrial agriculture will define our future.
The Urban Farmer
The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else’s).
The Ultimate Guide to Natural Farming and Sustainable Living
This is a common-sense approach to sustainable living that creates a self-sufficient and low-effort home for the people that live there, whether in the city or the country. The Ultimate Guide to Natural Farming and Sustainable Living is a step-by-step, complete guide to every aspect of permaculture. While the principles are simple, the in-depth topics cover every aspect of permaculture, including:
- building green homes and passive solar design;
- growing edible plant communities and forest gardens;
- using no-till and natural farming methods;
- creating microclimates for extended growing seasons; and
- raising livestock with ecological foraging techniques.
Building Your Permaculture Property
Building Your Permaculture Property is the essential guide for everyone looking to cut through the noise and establish an ecologically regenerative, financially sustainable, enjoyable, and thriving permaculture property, anywhere in the world.
Want More? Browse the Bookstore!
This is just a small glimpse of the hundreds of titles you’ll find at the Acres U.S.A. bookstore. Take advantage of our early sale prices and find your next read today! Browse our main collection, or check out these interesting topics: