A Winter Reading Recommendation

Date posted: Thursday 30 January 2020

The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World by Amanda Little is a new and amazing book. Little is an award-winning journalist who is also a professor at Vanderbilt University. She spent three years traveling around the U.S. and other countries trying to find an answer to the question, “How can we feed nine billion people sustainably in the decades ahead?”


She sees the challenge as two-fold: solving the existing problems of industrial agriculture while also preparing for the pressure that lies ahead. Reading about her interviews with farmers, scientists, activists and engineers, one is able to get a glimpse of the possibilities as well as the downsides of the future.


Here you can learn more about GMOs, harmful chemicals on our farms, and perhaps the end of animal meat. This book will give greater understanding to the threats of climate change to our food supply but leave you with Little’s optimism about what can be learned from the past and how human ingenuity can help keep our world sustainably fed in the future. I found it fascinating and suspect you might, too.


Vernita Kennen
Incarnation Lutheran, Shoreview