Good Food Book Club

Hot Hungry Planet: How to End Humanity’s Food Crisis While Facing Down Climate Change

"The reporting delivers welcome hope that humans may avoid famine in the face of climate change." ~Library Journal

Helllooooo October! Hop on the wagon! Or the tractor, that is… We’re going to drive into the “mechanics” book of our 2017 food resilience series: Hot Hungry Planet: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change by Lisa Palmer. It looks to be quite the journey alongside a gifted and fun reporter whose mission is to explore the frontlines of global food security against the imminent perils of climate change. It can’t come too soon: as I write, we’re watching Florida and Texas just beginning their long roads to recovery after hurricanes that were amped up and weaponized by climate change. To date, Irma was the most violent, largest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic.

So, back to that tractor. Hop on board. At the outset, the book is introduced via a tractor-ride picnic in Vermont—a veritable utopia of local farm to table security. Palmer wants to know… is it possible to replicate Vermont’s thriving local bounty around the country and world? While also standing down, and perhaps helping to solve, climate change? How does the global human population footprint weigh in? What about our carbon footprint? How can we find ways to create local food security globally? What do we know that’s already working?

Next up, Palmer goes around the world to deeply explore case studies in six key regions. There she reports back what’s needed to move toward global food security and resilience in the epic times we now face.

From the book’s summary on the publisher’s website: “Hot, Hungry Planet focuses on three key concepts that support food security and resilience in a changing world: social, educational, and agricultural advances; land use and technical actions by farmers; and policy nudges that have the greatest potential for reducing adverse environmental impacts of agriculture while providing more food.” 

Dan Fagin, Pulitzer-prize-winning author of Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, says, "This lively, concise book is packed with practical and often surprising ideas for meeting the profound challenges of global food scarcity. Lisa Palmer is a clear-eyed realist, but her fascinating tour of our Hot Hungry Planet will leave you more optimistic than you may have thought possible."

Please join us to discuss Hot Hungry Planet: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change by Lisa Palmer (St. Martin’s Press, 2017) on Sunday, October 29, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Co-op Café. Remember to email to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club. Hot Hungry Planet is available through your local library. If you are interested in buying the book, check out the area’s local used bookstores or visit BookPeople of Moscow where Book Club members receive a discount. For more information about the Good Food Book Club, check out the Outreach section of the Co-op website at

Please note, upcoming books are as follows:

  • November: Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir by Amy Thielen
  • December: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue (a novel from the author of The Room)
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