Books, Reports, Websites, Movies, and More
Food is a broad topic. It touches everything from cuisine to climate change, hunger to factory and organic farms, pathogens to healthy arteries. Millions of books, articles, and websites could be listed here, so consider the items listed here as just tiny tip of the iceberg. We believe they are all interesting and informative in one way or another.
Some obvious advice when you are searching for online information: seek reliable websites. When exploring health issues, guard against unreliable medical websites and those pushing (usually unnecessary) dietary supplements. Some of the best starting places for information on any topic are websites sponsored by the federal government and established nonprofit organizations like the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Environmental Defense Fund, and ASPCA. Most trade associations and corporations have commercial interests that just might shade their opinions.
The National Food Museum does not necessarily endorse the content of these resources.
We welcome your suggestions of additional important and reliable items.
Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems – awesome, comprehensive, authoritative report on food, health, environment, population, and sustainability
Tackling the climate crisis with a more plant-based diet. United Nations Environment Program (2018)
It advances scientific understanding of the impacts of climate change on public health, highlights social and environmental disparities that make some communities particularly vulnerable to climate change, and confirms that climate change is a significant threat to the health of all Americans.
The United Nations’ report on “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” offers 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Farm Animal Welfare
Humane Society of the United States
Modern-day Slavery on American Farms” in Georgia (USA Today, 2022) and in Florida (Coalition of Immokalee Farmworkers)
“Modern-day Slavery on American Farms” in Georgia (USA Today, 2022) and in Florida (Coalition of Immokalee Farmworkers)
The Guardian, May 3, 2023
Food & Culture
Fascinating profiles (text, videos) of Chinese, Ethiopian, and other food cultures. Cooked up by Eater and MOFAD.
Eric Schlosser 2012 insightful book is more about the plight of food workers than fast food.
Marion Nestle, the prominent New York University food-studies professor literally wrote the book on the politics of food.
How to Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered, by David Katz and Mark Bittman. A concise guide on how to eat healthfully that cuts through a lot of the usual nonsense.
Food, Nutrition, Health
The landmark conference that led to the hugely successful “War on Hunger.”
How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America, by Priya Fielding-Singh
How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America, by Priya Fielding-Singh.
Salt: The Forgotten Killer, by Michael F. Jacobson, the founder of the National Food Museum, explains the evidence demonstrating that a high-sodium diet contributes to as many as 100,000 premature
See recordings of all the sessions of this historic conference.
Other Food Museums, Exhibits
The Saint Louis Science Center has a science-oriented indoor and outdoor “Grow” exhibit about agriculture.
Dig in and learn about agriculture.