University of Vermont

Food Systems Graduate Program

Faculty Bookshelf

We Asked - They Shared

Here are books and other media that changed the way our facutly think about Food Systems.


  • Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems

    by S.R. Gleissman. (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, 2007)

    Recommended by Ernesto Mendez.

  • Civic Agriculture

    by Tom Lyson. (Tufts University Press, 2004).

    Recommended by Vern Grubinger.

  • Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher

    by Fred Kirschenmann & Constance Falk.

    (Counterpoint, 2011).

    Recommended by Cynthia Belliveau.

  • Diet For A Small Planet

    by Frances Moore Lappe. (Ballantine, 1971).

    Recommended by Linda Berlin.

  • Eating Animals

    by Jonathan Safran Foer. (Back Bay Books, 2010).

    Recommended by Terence Cuneo and Elizabeth Berman.

  • Enduring Seeds: Native American Agriculture and Wild Plant Conservation

    by Gary Paul Nabhan. (University of Arizona Press, 2002).

    Recommended by Yolanda Chen.

  • Food Fight: The Inside Story of the Food Industry, America's Obesity Crisis, and What We Can Do About It

    by Kelly Brownell and Katherine Battle Horgen. (McGraw-Hill, 2004).

    Recommended by Jean Harvey-Berino.

  • Food First: Beyond the Myth of Scarcity

    by Frances Moore Lappe. (Houghton Mifflin, 1977).

    Recommended by David Conner.

  • Food Security in a Global Economy: Veterinary Medicine and Public Health

    by G. Smith, A.M. Kelly (Eds). (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008).

    Recommended by John Barlow.

  • Irrigated Eden: The Making of an Agricultural Landscape in the West

    by Mark Fiege. (University of Washington Press, 2000).

    Recommended by Cheryl Morse.

  • Just Food: Where Locavores Get it Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly

    by James McWilliams. (Back Bay Books, 2008).

    Recommended by Elizabeth Berman.

  • North American Maple Syrup Producers Manual

    by T. Perkins, R. Heiligmann and M. Koelling. (Ohio State University Extension, 2006).

    Recommended by Timothy Perkins and Abby Van Den Berg.

  • Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered

    by E.F. Schumacher. (Harper and Row, 1975).

    Recommended by Deborah Neher.

  • The Desert Smells Like Rain

    by Gary Paul Nabhan. (North Point Press, 1987).

    Recommended by Yolanda Chen.

  • The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans

    by Gary Patricia Klindienst. (Beacon Press, 2006).

    Recommended by Teresa Mares.

  • The End of Food: How the Food Industry is Destroying Our Food Supply-And What You Can Do About It

    by Paul Roberts. (Houghton Mifflin, 2008).

    Recommended by Elizabeth Berman.

  • The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter

    by Peter Singer and Jim Mason. (Rodale, 2007).

    Recommended by Terence Cuneo.

  • The Feeding Web: Issues in Nutritional Ecology

    by Joan Dye Gussow. (Bull Publishing, 1978).

    Recommended by Cynthia Belliveau.

  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    by Michael Pollan. (Penguin, 2007).

    Recommended by Deborah Neher.

  • Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature

    by William Cronon. (Norton, 1996).

    Recommended by Cheryl Morse.


  • Gastronomica: Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development

    Recommended by Elizabeth Berman.


Civil Eats

Recommended by Elizabeth Berman.

U.S. Agricultural and Food Policy Blog

Recommended by Elizabeth Berman.


Eat, Drink, Man, Woman. Director: Ang Lee, 1994.

Recommended by Pablo Bose.

Food, Inc. Director: Robert Kenner, 2008.

Recommended by Binta Colley.

The Weight of the Nation. HBO, 2011.

Recommended by Rachel Johnson.


The Grocery Gap: Who Has Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters. A report by Sarah Treuhaft (PolicyLink) and Allison Karpyn (The Food Trust).

Recommended by Matt Kolan.

Toward Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the 21st Century. A report by the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Recommended by Linda Berlin.

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