Recommended Reading: Food Insecurity Reading List

December 2022

​​During December 2022, the Libraries is featuring these books about food insecurity in a special display in the Hill Library's Learning Commons.

Including both physical books and ebooks, this curated selection covers topics such as food injustice, agricultural reform, and community programs and local resources to make food more sustainable and accessible. Also, please donate food items to the Feed the Pack Pantry in the collection boxes by our book display and help address food insecurity on campus.


Urban Food Revolution book cover, with a defiant hand holding up carrots above a city skyline

The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities

Author: Peter Ladner

Summary: The Urban Food Revolution provides a recipe for community food security based on leading innovations across North America. We have all the necessary ingredients to ensure that fresh sustainable food is affordable and widely available: community programs, rebuilding local food systems, ending inner-city food deserts, and producing food locally.

How the other half eats book cover, with a plate broken in two

How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America

Author: Priya Fielding-Singh, PhD

Summary: Inequality in America manifests in many ways, including how we eat. How the Other Half Eats brings us into the kitchens of dozens of families from varied educational, economic, and ethnoracial backgrounds to look at dietary differences along class lines and nutritional disparities in America, illuminating exactly how inequality starts on the dinner plate.

Black Food Geographies book cover, with an overlay of Washington DC

Black Food Geographies Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C.

Author: Ashante M. Reese

Summary: Structural forces determine food access in urban areas where Black residents navigate and resist unequal food distribution systems. By connecting community members' stories to the larger issues of racism and gentrification, Reese shows how transnational food corporations have shaped food availability in hundreds of Deanwoods across the country.

Food justice book cover, with a group of people in a garden

Food Justice  

Authors: Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi

Summary: Food Justice recounts the history of food injustices and describes current efforts to change the system and how food activism has succeeded at the highest level. This comprehensive inquiry addresses the increasing disconnect between food and culture that has resulted from our highly industrialized food system.

Rebuilding the foodshed book cover, with a dinner plate made up of farm imagery

Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems

Author: Philip Ackerman-Leist

Summary: From rural outposts to city streets, people are taking on agricultural reform by  sowing, growing, selling, and eating food produced close to home. Turning to local food is an opportunity to retreat from the destructive aspects of industrial agriculture and towards meeting food demands sustainably with the resilience to endure rough times.

Seed sovereignty book cover, with an illustrated tower of women

Seed Sovereignty, Food Security: Women in the Vanguard

Editor: Vandana Shiva

Summary: Women as activists, scientists and scholars are at the forefront of shaping new scientific and economic paradigms to reclaim seed sovereignty and food security across the world. Women in the global North and South are leading movements to change both practice and paradigm: how we grow and transform our food.

A Mass Conspiracy to Feed People book cover, with radical imagery

A Mass Conspiracy to Feed People: Food Not Bombs and the World-Class Waste of Global Cities

Author: David Boarder Giles

Summary: A Mass Conspiracy to Feed People explores the ways capitalism manufactures waste and scarcity. One example of how communities of marginalized people and discarded things gather and cultivate political possibilities is Food Not Bombs, a global movement of grassroots soup kitchens that recover grocery surpluses and redistribute them to those in need.

Freedom from want book cover, with the brown legs and feet of people standing in line with an empty bowl

Freedom From Want: The Human Right to Adequate Food

Author: George Kent

Summary: The human right to an adequate livelihood, including the human right to adequate food, needs to be implemented worldwide in a systematic way. Freedom from Want makes it clear that feeding people will not solve the problem of hunger, for feeding programs can only be a short-term treatment of a symptom, not a cure.


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