When she’s not in the lab (and sometimes when she is), BioStar Founder and Formulator Tigger Montague is a voracious reader. The Real Food Reading List invites you to check out some of the books she’s recently digested, and learn how they’ve helped in the search for the same real food Tigger and BioStar work to provide.
Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food by Frederick Kaufman.
A fascinating journey into the connection between global food and global finance and how during record harvests (2008, 2010) more people starved than ever before, many of them farmers. Fast-paced, and easy to read, the author highlights global foods such as pizza and how these foods become both unsustainable and unhealthy.
Pandora’s Lunchbox by Melanie Warner
This is the story of food processing: how cereals and common grocery-store food items are made, including how natural and artificial flavors are created to make us eat more food. Easy to read and a real eye-opener.
This is a book written by one of the heroes of the local food movement. He is one of the leaders in bio-diversity farming, will make you laugh, and all the while want to beat your head against the wall at the stupidity of some of the bureaucratic government regulations.
Empires of Food: Feast, Famine, and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations by Evan D.G. Frase and Andrew Rimas
If you enjoy history, this is a chronicle of the fate of people and societies for the past 12,000 years through the food they hunted, grew, traded, and ate. It also brings to light the dangers of a monolistic food system, and shows what can happen to civilizations that centralize and monopolize food. This is a blue-print for what could happen to us.
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