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Cover for the book, Food Choice and Sustainability, features a dessert with dry, cracked earth.

Food Choice and Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work

Author: Richard Oppenlander · Subject: Environment & Nature


What we choose to eat is killing our planet and us, yet the use of the word ‘sustainable’ is ubiquitous. Explanation of this incongruity lies in the fact that sustainability efforts are rarely positioned to include food choice in an accurate manner.

This is due to a number of influencing cultural, social, and political factors that disable our food production systems and limit our base of knowledge–falsely guiding us on a path of pseudo sustainability, while we devastate the ecosystems that support us, cause mass extinctions, and generate narrowing timelines that will ultimately jeopardize our very survival as a civilization.

Food Choice and Sustainability is a groundbreaking book that anyone who cares about our future and that of other species should read–individuals, academic institutions, businesses, organizations, and policymakers. Categories of global depletion are detailed, widely held myths are debunked, critical disconnects are exposed, and profound solutions are offered.

About the Author

Dr. Oppenlander is a consultant, researcher, and author whose award-winning book Comfortably Unaware has been endorsed as a must-read by Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Neal Barnard, among many others. Dr. Oppenlander is a much sought after lecturer on the topic of food choice and how it relates to sustainability, all within the framework of fresh perspectives and critical insights.

He has been a keynote speaker for several conferences and festivals and has presented lectures and workshops at numerous universities and corporations. Dr. Oppenlander also serves as an advisor to municipalities in the U.S. and to a number of world hunger projects that are designing programs from his multidimensional model of sustainability.

He has spent 40 years studying the effects food choices have on our planter and on us. He started an organic, vegan food production company, operates an animal rescue sanctuary, and is the founder and president of the non-profit organization, Inspire Awareness Now.


“The importance of Dr. Richard Oppenlander’s work to save planet Earth and its animal inhabitants exceeds the importance of reversing epidemic diseases of gluttony, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Both goals, by no coincidence, require an immediate worldwide substitution of meat and dairy for common starches (rice, corn, potatoes) in the human diet.” – John McDougall, MD, Internist, Author, and Researcher

“Dr. Oppenlander’s important work shows how the long-term health of our planet and its inhabitants will be determined, in large part, by our willingness to adopt a plant-based diet en masse. In reading Food Choice and Sustainability, one may find empowerment that such a simple and effective remedy can begin at our next meal.” – Brian Wendel, Creator and Executive Producer of Forks Over Knives

Food Choice and Sustainability makes a powerful case for how we can protect our environment. This authoritative, no-nonsense guide tells it exactly as it is.” – Neal Barnard, MD, President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine


Cover for the book, Food Choice and Sustainability. Features a pictures of a dry desert with one lonely plant in the distance.

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