ACCOMPLISHED WRITER: Amanda Little is a well-connected environmental journalism professor at Vanderbilt. Her articles on the environment, energy, and technology have been published in the New York Times; Vanity Fair; Rolling Stone; Wired; O, the Oprah Magazine; and the Washington Post. She has been a syndicated weekly columnist for Salon.com and Grist.org and a monthly columnist for Outside magazine. She has blogged for Forbes and The New Yorker, and she is a recipient of the Jane Bagley Lehman Award.
TIMELY TOPIC: This book has the investigative rigor of bestsellers such as Fast Food Nation and Salt Sugar Fat and will appeal to the many readers of Michael Pollan’s books—all of which investigate and explore how, why, and what we eat. The Fate of Food is both a fascinating and informative read about a global epidemic that is affecting readers on a personal level.
DISCOVERY DOCUMENTARY: The Discovery Channel is interested in producing a Fate of Food documentary, and they are currently in talks with Amanda to adapt the book for summer 2019.
“What we grow and how we eat are going to change radically over the next few decades. In The Fate of Food, Amanda Little takes us on a tour of the future. The journey is scary, exciting, and, ultimately, encouraging.”—Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction
“The challenge we face is not just to feed a more populous world, but to do this sustainably and equitably. Amanda Little brings urgency, intrigue and crack reporting to the story of our food future. Devour this book — it’s a narrative feast!”—Chef José Andrés, Nobel Peace Prize nominee
“How will we feed humanity in the era of climate change? Amanda Little tackles an immense topic with grit and optimism in this fast, fascinating read. A beautifully written triumph.”—Former Secretary of State John Kerry
“The Fate of Food is a much-needed tonic at a time of division and doom saying. A riveting adventure story about a dire topic, but yet it somehow brims with optimism. Little travels around the world in hot pursuit of solutions, hell-bent on hope.”—Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Emmy-award winning actress and environmentalist
“Probably the most basic question humans ever ask is, ’what’s for dinner?’ Amanda Little—-a superb reporter—-helps us imagine what the answer will be as this tough century wears on. The stories she tells with such brio are food for thought and action.”—Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy
“This is a big, important book about feeding the world—but that’s not why you’ll read it. You’ll read The Fate of Food because it’s compulsively readable. Amanda Little takes you around the world and shows you things you never thought you’d be interested in, but now you can’t get enough. Desalination! Who knew? You’ll taste fish feed with her. You’ll get airsick with her. You’ll meet the strange, fascinating people who are solving some of the planet’s most pressing problems. And, in the end, her optimism will become your optimism. We can do this.”—Tamar Haspel, Washington Post columnist
“Necessity is the mother of invention, observed Plato. Amanda Little investigates how environmental and population pressures are spurring innovation on a grand scale—with perhaps higher stakes and longer odds than history has ever seen. This a big, sweeping story told with heart and rigor, as ambitious as it is accessible.”—Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion
“Perhaps the greatest challenge of our century will be providing nutritious diets to 10 billion people without destroying what is left of the biosphere. Can we do it? Yes. But Amanda Little shows us that success will look nothing like today’s food system. The Fate of Food is spectacular. The stories are beautifully woven together and filled with curiosity, openness to new ideas, and compelling insights. This book is funny, smart, dogma-free, incredibly educational, and I think will end up being an enormously valuable contribution to the world.”—Samuel Myers, professor and principal researcher, Harvard University Center for the Environment
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