How Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make Our Food System More Sustainable

Baylen J. Linnekin; Foreword by Emily Broad Leib

Food waste, hunger, inhumane livestock conditions, disappearing fish stocks—these are exactly the kind of issues we expect food regulations to combat. Yet, today in the United States, laws exist at all levels of government that actually...

280 pages
6 x 9

The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future

What we make and buy is a major indicator of society’s collective priorities. Among twenty-four key trends, Vital Signs Volume 22 explores significant global patterns in production and consumption. The result is a fascinating...

152 pages
7 x 9.25
7 photos, 91 illustrations

Chasing the Red Queen
The Evolutionary Race Between Agricultural Pests and Poisons

In the race to feed the world’s seven billion people, we are at a standstill. Over the past century, we have developed increasingly potent and sophisticated pesticides, yet in 2014, the average percentage of U.S. crops lost to agricultural...

240 pages
6 x 9
1 illustration

Public Produce by Darrin Nordahl | An Island Press book
Cultivating Our Parks, Plazas, and Streets for Healthier Cities

Plum and pear trees shade park benches in Kamloops, British Columbia. Tomatoes and cucumbers burst forth from planters at City Hall in Provo, Utah. Strawberries and carrots flourish along the sunny sidewalks of a Los Angeles neighborhood....

224 pages
5.5 x 8.25
29 photos, 4 illustrations

Vital Signs Volume 21
The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future

Vital Signs Volume 21 is all about growth. From natural disasters to cars to organic farming, the two dozen trends examined here indicate both increasing pressure on natural resources and scaled up efforts to live more sustainably.

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152 pages
7 x 9.25
7 photos, 91 illustrations

Food, Genes, and Culture
Eating Right for Your Origins

Vegan, low fat, low carb, slow carb: Every diet seems to promise a one-size-fits-all solution to health. But they ignore the diversity of human genes and how they interact with what we eat.

In Food, Genes, and Culture, renowned...

248 pages
5.5 x 8.25

Simple Pleasures
Thoughts on Food, Friendship, and Life

In Simple Pleasures: Thoughts on Food, Friendship, and Life we have highlighted two chapters from Stephanie Mill’s reflection the pleasures, as well as the virtues and difficulties, of a perhaps simpler than average North American...

60 pages
6 x 9

The Global Farms Race
Land Grabs, Agricultural Investment, and the Scramble for Food Security

As we struggle to feed a global population speeding toward 9 billion, we have entered a new phase of the food crisis. Wealthy countries that import much of their food, along with private investors, are racing to buy or lease huge swaths of...

248 pages
6 x 9
3 illustrations

Seeds of Sustainability
Lessons from the Birthplace of the Green Revolution in Agriculture

Seeds of Sustainability is a groundbreaking analysis of agricultural development and transitions toward more sustainable management in one region. An invaluable resource for researchers, policymakers, and students alike, it examines new...

312 pages
6 x 9
58 photos and illustrations

Aquaculture
Responsible Practices and Certification

Over the past decade, there has been growing concern among international stakeholders, particularly in Mediterranean countries, about aquaculture product quality, knowledge management, interaction with the environment, technology and systems,...

70 pages
6 x 8.5

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