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Boiling Point
Boiling Point
By Maude Barlow
ECW Press, Toronto, ON
September, 2016

“An insane road trip to the Canadian water apocalypse courtesy of the corporate forces of ignorance and greed, and a blueprint for a rational, prosperous and dignified future by the visionary prophet of democracy and sustainability.”

– Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

“She has one of the most thorough and comprehensive understandings of her subject of anyone alive.”

The Globe and Mail
 
     
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Project Animal Farm
By Sonia Faruqi
WW Norton, July-2015

Sonia Faruqi had it all--an Ivy League degree and a job on Wall Street. But when the banking industry collapsed, she found herself with extra time on her hands. The night she arrived at a small organic dairy farm would change her life for the better, although it didn't seem that way in the beginning.

Using her finance background to forecast the future of agriculture, Faruqi discusses the changes we need to make--using our forks and our votes.

Project Animal Farm sheds light on the international agribusiness, with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of farm animals here at home.

 
     
The Universe Within
The excerpt is taken from The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos by Neil Turok, copyright 2012. Reproduced with permission from House of Anansi Press, Toronto. houseofanansi.com

"Through a deeper appreciation of the universe and our ability to comprehend it, not just scientists but everyone can gain. At a minimum, the magnificent cosmos provides some perspective on our parochial, human-created problems, be they social or political. Nature is organized in better ways, from which we can learn. The love of nature can bring us together and help us to appreciate that we are part of something far greater than ourselves. This sense of belonging, responsibility, and common cause brings with it humility, compassion, and wisdom. Society has too often been content to live off the fruits of science, without understanding it. Scientists have too often been happy to be left alone to do their science without thinking about why they are doing it. It is time to connect our science to our humanity, and in so doing to raise the sights of both. If we can only link our intelligence to our hearts, the doors are wide open to a brighter future, to a more unified planet with more unified science: to quantum technologies that extend our perception, to breakthroughs allowing us to access and utilize energy more cleverly, and to travel in space that opens new worlds.”

“What a privilege it is to be alive. Truly, we are faced with the opportunity of all time."

 
     
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The Secret History of the War on Cancer
By Devra Davis
Basic Books, New York, NY, February-2009

Epidemiologist Devra Davis, director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and an environmental advisor to Newsweek, argues in her book, The Secret History of the War on Cancer, that efforts are not focused on the “right” battles.

Dr. Davis insists that progress has been lost as governments placate and cover up for industries that pollute and contaminate the environment with carcinogens and that more attention should be focused on environmental risks for this disease.

(Click image to read review by James Huff)

 
     
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Altered Genes, Twisted Truth
 
 
By Steven Druker
Clear River Press, Salt Lake City, UT, March-2015; distributed by Chelsea Green Publishing: chelseagreen.com

In her foreword to Altered Genes, Twisted Truth, Dr. Jane Goodall commends it for countering the disinformation and providing much-needed clarity. She states:

“I shall urge everyone I know who cares about life on Earth, and the future of their children, and children’s children, to read it. It will go a long way toward dispelling the confusion and delusion that has been created regarding the genetic engineering process and the foods it produces. Steven Druker is a hero. He deserves at least a Nobel Prize.”

This book uncovers the biggest scientific fraud of our age.

 

 

 

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A Precautionary Tale
How one small town banned pesticides, preserved its food heritage, and inspired a movement
By Philip Ackerman-Leist
Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, VT, 2017

What do you do when your organic crops are tainted with someone else’s pesticides?  Your children are exposed to toxic drifts?  Your livestock and your way of life are threatened?

People the world over have felt helpless in the face of such challenges.  But in the Northern Italian enclave of Mals, an unlikely group of activists and a forward-thinking mayor came together to ban pesticides by a referendum vote – making it the first place on Earth to accomplish such a feat, and a model for others to follow.

A Precautionary Tale tells their story.