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Recently, Civil Eats released an article on 34 Noteworthy Food and Farming Books for the Summer of 2021. Among those titles are a number of books that we carry in the Acres U.S.A. bookstore! And why is that important?

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So this is a perfect time to take advantage of a killer deal and get some of those talked-about titles on your bookshelf this summer. Here’s a look at some of the titles that Civil Eats mentioned, plus some similar and related books:

We Are Each Other’s Harvest

We Are Each Other’s Harvest elevates the voices and stories of black farmers and people of color, celebrating their perseverance and resilience, while spotlighting the challenges they continue to face. Luminous and eye-opening, this eclectic collection helps people and communities of color today reimagine what it means to be dedicated to the soil.

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Animal, Vegetable, Junk

In Animal, Vegetable, Junk, trusted food authority Mark Bittman offers a panoramic view of how the frenzy for food has driven human history to some of its most catastrophic moments, from slavery and colonialism to famine and genocide—and to our current moment, wherein Big Food exacerbates climate change, plunders our planet, and sickens its people. Even still, Bittman refuses to concede that the battle is lost, pointing to activists, workers, and governments around the world who are choosing well-being over corporate greed and gluttony, and fighting to free society from Big Food’s grip.

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Honor Thy Label

Dr. Bronner’s Unconventional Journey to a Clean, Green, and Ethical Supply Chain

In Honor Thy Label, Dr. Bronner’s head of Special Operations, Gero Leson, reveals the inside story of how a little-known family-run soap company grew from countercultural roots to create a revolutionary fair trade and organic supply chain from the ground up—and rode the waves of popular demand without losing sight of the process. Through stories of harrowing setbacks and hard-won triumphs in projects that spanned the globe, in Sri Lanka, Ghana, India, and beyond, Leson demystifies the process of building and scaling ethical production. And he proves that if done right, the results ripple outward to benefit customers, communities, and the environment we share.

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Toxic Legacy

How the Weedkiller Glyphosate Is Destroying Our Health and the Environment

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.

As Rachel Carson did with DDT in the 1960’s, Stephanie Seneff sounds the alarm on glyphosate, giving you guidance on simple, powerful changes you can make right now and essential information you need to protect your health, your family’s health, and the planet on which we all depend.

Learn more here!

Titles Also Mentioned

These books have gotten considerable attention from Civil Eats and a number of media outlets:

The Monsanto Papers

Investigative journalist Carey Gillam has spent more than 20 years reporting on the health and environmental impacts of the agrochemical industry, including 17 years working for Reuters news agency.

The Monsanto Papers is the inside story of Lee Johnson’s landmark lawsuit against Monsanto. For Lee, the case was a race against the clock, with doctors predicting he wouldn’t survive long enough to take the witness stand. For the eclectic band of young, ambitious lawyers representing him, it was a matter of professional pride and personal risk, with millions of dollars and hard-earned reputations on the line. For the public at large, the lawsuit presented a question of corporate accountability. With enough money and influence, could a company endanger its customers, hide evidence, manipulate regulators, and get away with it all—for decades?

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In Search of Mycotopia

In Search of Mycotopia: Citizen Science, Fungi Fanatics, and the Untapped Potential of Mushrooms introduces us to an incredible, essential, and oft-overlooked kingdom of life – fungi – and all the potential it holds for our future, through the work and research being done by an unforgettable community of mushroom-mad citizen scientists and microbe devotees. This entertaining and mind-expanding book by Doug Bierend will captivate readers who are curious about the hidden worlds and networks that make up our planet.

Learn more here!

Further Recommendations

From our Soils Collection: For the Love of Soil by Nicole Masters; Humusphere by Herwig Pommeresche; Dirt to Soil by Gabe Brown; Terra Preta by Caroline Pfützner; The Biological Farmer by Gary Zimmer. Find more soil books here.

From our Gardening Collection: How to Grow World Record Tomatoes by Charles Wilbur; The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman; The Regenerative Grower’s Guide to Garden Amendments by Nigel Palmer. Find more gardening books here.

Books on Food: Eat Right by Nick Barnard; Food Town USA by Mark Winne; Growing Tomorrow by Forrest Pritchard. Find more books on food and cooking here.