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Food Choice and Sustainability

Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won't Work

Dr. Richard Oppenlander

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  • Hardcover: 498 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.00" x 9.00"
  • ISBN: 978-1-62652-435-4
  • Publication Date: 2013-11-19
  • Langdon Street Press

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Food Choice and Sustainability

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What we choose to eat is killing our planet and us, yet use of the word ‘sustainable’ is ubiquitous. Explanation of this incongruity lies in the fact that sustainability efforts are rarely positioned to include food choice in an accurate manner. This is due to a number of influencing cultural, social, and political factors that disable our food production systems and limit our base of knowledge—falsely guiding us on a path of pseudo sustainability, while we devastate the ecosystems that support us, cause mass extinctions, and generate narrowing time lines that will ultimately jeopardize our very survival as a civilization.

Food Choice and Sustainability is a groundbreaking new book that anyone who cares about our future and that of other species should read —individuals, academic institutions, businesses, organizations, and policy makers. Categories of global depletion are detailed, widely held myths are debunked, critical disconnects are exposed, and profound solutions are offered.

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“The importance of Dr. Richard Oppenlander’s work to save planet Earth and its animal inhabitants exceeds the importance of reversing epidemic diseases of gluttony, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Both goals, by no coincidence, require an immediate worldwide substitution of meat and dairy for common starches (rice, corn, potatoes) in the human diet.”—John McDougall, MD, Internist, Author, and Researcher  

 "Dr. Oppenlander's important work shows how the long-term health of our planet and its inhabitants will be determined, in large part, by our willingness to adopt a plant-based diet en masse. In reading Food Choice and Sustainability, one may find empowerment that such a simple and effective remedy can begin at our next meal."  —Brian Wendel, Creator and Executive Producer of Forks Over Knives

 Food Choice and Sustainability makes a powerful case for how we can protect our environment. This authoritative, no-nonsense guide tells it exactly as it is.”—Neal Barnard, MD, President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

 “We are at a critical and imminent tipping point. Food Choice and Sustainability is an impeccably documented, shocking, but vital wake-up call that intricately weaves food choice to the destruction of the planet, offering the one and only solution: the evolution to a plant-based diet. Dr. Oppenlander’s brilliant tome is a frightening, yet inspiring call to arms that needs to be considered by all inhabitants of Earth.”—Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition and host of Veria’s wellness talk show, What Would Julieanna Do?

 "Dr. Oppenlander's remarkable book clearly makes the case imperative: our food choices are degrading our climate, exhausting our natural resources and creating monumental struggles for people in developing world nations. We must raise our awareness and make ethical and moral food choices."—Jon Stryker, President and Founder, Arcus Foundation

Dr. Richard Oppenlander

Dr. Richard Oppenlanderhas devoted his life to improving the health of our planet. Through literary work or in person, he brings an eclectic combination of experiences regarding this topic spanning the past 40 years. His medical research during the 1970s gave way to clinical experiences over the years treating thousands of patients, many of those with nutritional and dietary issues. Since 1976, he has extensively studied the effect our food choices have on our health and the immense impact those choices have on our environment. Dr. Oppenlander has given hundreds of lectures, presentations, and open discussions on this topic. He is also president and founder of a sustainable organic food production business. He has been a featured guest appearing on radio shows, in newspapers, and in magazines.

With Comfortably Unaware as well as with his speaking engagements, Dr. Oppenlander addresses the fact that our current choices of foods are causing Global Depletion—the loss of our land, water, air/atmosphere, food supply, biodiversity, energy resources, and our own health. In compelling fashion, he reveals serious inefficiencies and unsustainable practices in our current food production systems and explores unique solutions. Along the way, Dr. Oppenlander challenges audiences with new insights regarding how this has happened—exposing our cultural, social, educational, governmental - and even media - influences.