Book Shelf Study Group 2017

Nancy Johnson sends us some books from her shelves:
I suggest the book The Third Plate by Dan Barber. He is a chef, farmer and researcher. The first plate is the Standard North American diet. The second plate is organic, locally sourced food. The third plate which is the subject of the book is sustainability, a different thing altogether. Its a magnificent book.
 
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingslover is about organic farming at her family farm in Virginia.
Vermeer’s Hat by Timothy Brook is the story of a few objects( tobacco, porcelain, felt hats) that were part of what was then the relatively new global trade in the 1600’s.
Where the Wild Things Were by William Stolzenburg is about the disappearance of apex prey animals and the effects this has on an entire eco-system.
 
1491 (before European contact) by Charles Mann.
Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies by Jared Diamond which I am reading now.
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By coincidence, Diane Smith, Rene and I are all reading this book:
Roy Scranton, Learning to Die in the Anthropocene. San Francisco: City Lights Books 2015.
I think it is a very well written, only 116 pages-long introduction to some of the key problems of climate change. Provocative, more realistic than pessimistic, it might be a good text to start our discussion with.
Lynn Hart sends a link for a CBC/Quirks and Quarks episode in the Workshift series: Will you have to become a cyborg for your job?  You can also listen to the podcast on i-tunes.
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 Nancy Johnson suggests this book:
-Dan Barber: THE THIRD PLATE, Field Notes on the Future of Food. The Penguin Press 2014.
 She writes: “[Barber] is a chef, farmer and researcher.  The first plate is the Standard North American diet. The second plate is organic, locally sourced food.  The third plate which is the subject of the book is sustainability, a different thing altogether.  Its a magnificent book.”
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Judith Parker sends this link with a trailer to Al Gore’s newest film on climate change: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Review and trailer:  https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/aug/20/an-inconvenient-sequel-truth-to-power-review-al-gore


Petra‘s shelf:

-Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything; Capitalism Versus the Climate. New York: Simon and Shuster 2014)

Raoul Martinez : Creating Freedom, Power, Control and the Fight for our Future. (New York:Penguin Randomhouse 2017   (Thanks Dawn)

http://www.creatingfreedom.info/film.html

-Thomas Piketty: Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Translated by Arthur Goldhammer. Cambridge MA/London, England: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 2014

https://dowbor.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/14Thomas-Piketty.pdf

Wait for the movie? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_in_the_Twenty-First_Century

-Thomas Piketty: Why save the bankers? : and other essays on our economic and political
crisis / translated from the French and annotated by Seth Ackerman. (Available at the Ottawa Public Library)

-Saskia Sassen Expulsion Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy. Harvard MA: Harvard University Press 2014

http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674599222

-Manfred B. Steger & Ravi K. Roy: Neoliberalism, A Very Short Introduction Oxford: Oxford University Press 2010

 

 

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Dawn Dale wrote:  “I first saw this documentary several years ago, and found it to be quite profound…”
You can watch the full film here: https://youtu.be/6NMr2VrhmFI
Dawn has also sent in a series of short videos, all worth watching.
Sustainable Human, videos:

Many of Dawn’s finds are posted on the RIA facebook page

https://evonomics.com/science-flow-says-extreme-inequality-causes-economic-collapse/

 

 

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