Reading List

  • This List is a work in progress! Last update: 10/01/23.

Trade Systems:


  • The New Food Activism: Opposition, Cooperation, and Collective Action (2017) by Alison Alkon and Julie Guthman (anything Julie Guthman is great)
  • Lobbying for Change: Find Your Voice to Create a Better Society (2017) by Alberto Alemanno
  • Reclaiming the Commons:  Biodiversity, Traditional Knowledge, and the Rights of Mother Earth (2020) by Vandana Shiva

Ecological Consciousness:

  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plant (2013) by Robin Wall Kimmerer


  • Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History (1975) by Sidney Mintz
  • Insatiable Appetite: The United States and the Ecological Degradation of the Tropical World (1938) by Richard P Tucker

Migrant Worker Justice:

  • Fresh Fruits, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States (2013) by Seth Holmes
  • Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont (2019) by Teresa Mares

Political Theory:

  • Caliban & The Witch by Silvia Federici
  • The History of the World in 7 Cheap Things (2017) by Raj Patel & Jason Moore

Food Studies:

  • Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism (2011) by Julie Guthman
  • Discriminating Taste: How Class Anxiety Created the American Food Revolution (2017) by S. Margot Finn

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