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Vandana Shiva, 'Soil Not Oil: Climate Change, Peak Oil, and Food Insecurity'

Zed, 2009; ISBN 978-1-848-133-15-0; 160pp; £12.99

Vandana Shiva, Soil Not Oil: Climate Change, Peak Oil, and Food Insecurity (Zed, 2009; ISBN 978-1-848-133-15-0; 160pp; £12.99).

Vandana Shiva has a knack of bringing together issues we often see as separate, and linking our awareness to these connections.

In Soil Not Oil she argues that the triple crisis of the title is actually a triple opportunity – in relation to industrial farming, petroleum-based fertilisers and oil-based transportation on- and off-farm.

What better and more immediate way to reduce our CO2 emissions than to change our food habits? Shiva encourages us to power down our consumption as we power up our creativity which includes using democracy and human energy for change.

Using fewer resources also decreases the “necessity” of wars to control the Earth’s riches.

Topics: Climate Change | Food