Suggested Reading

Grassfed Gazette: the Official Journal of the American Grassfed Association.  Published Quarterly.

Kingsolver, Barbara. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. NY: HarperCollins, 2007. Addresses the issue of industrial and sustainable farming through the story on one family’s determination to live one year on food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves or do without.

Pollan, Michael. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. Penguin Group (U.S.A.), Inc. 2008. Proposes an alternative way of eating that is informed by traditions and ecology of real well-grown, unprocessed food.

Pollan, Michael. Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. NY: Penguin Press, 2007. Discusses the three principal food chains that sustain us today: the industrial, the organic, and the hunter-gatherer. Different as they are, all three food chains are systems for doing more or less the same thing: linking us, through what we eat, to the fertility of the earth and the energy of the sun.

Salatin, Joel.  Salad Bar Beef'  Swoope, VA. Polyface Inc., 1995 with 2007 addendum.  Offers a beef production model for farmers who do not want to encourage barren soil, pollution, environmental distruction or inhuman animal treatment.

Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the American Meal. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 2001. Examines the local and global influence of the U.S. fast food industry including the argument that the centralized purchasing power of the large fast food chains have an unprecedented degree of power over the nation’s food supply.

Singer, Peter & Mason, Jim. The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter. Emmaus, PA: Rodale Press, Inc. 2006. Examines the eating habits of three American families with very different eating habits.

Stockman Grassfarmer: the Grazier’s Edge. Since 1947. Published Monthly.

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