Know what you're eating.
The topic of food can be bleak, indeed. The past few years have produced a stream of books and articles exposing the nightmare that is the industrial food complex. Christopher D. Cook's Diet for a Dead Planet: How the Food Industry is Killing Us (The New Press, $24) takes everything we've learned so far and bundles it trimly together, stuffing in plenty of new information as well. The book details an overwhelming matrix of problems stemming from the food industry: from supermarkets bullying small-food producers, to pollution from airborne feces particulates, to the horrors of the meatpacking industry. Densely packed with facts, figures and dates, this book is a great resource for activists as well as the general reader. Just be prepared for an intense urge to flee to the hills.