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By Elaine Graham-Leigh

How and why the operating category are being blamed for weather switch, and what we will do approximately it.

Received knowledge is more and more that all of us need to devour much less to avoid wasting the planet, yet obtained knowledge is incorrect. A vitamin of Austerity argues that, simply because the terrible are blamed for the industrial concern, Malthusian conceptions approximately nutrition and ecology are getting used to carry the operating category liable for weather switch and international starvation. difficult latest dogmas approximately overconsumption and private accountability, it exhibits that what we have to cease weather swap is process change.

“Elaine has a produced a must-read ebook for we all all in favour of combatting weather switch. We can’t vitamin our option to a greater global yet we will be able to and needs to switch the procedure to maintain the long run. This e-book is definitely written, attention-grabbing, debatable and essential.” —Derek Wall, former eco-friendly occasion of britain and Wales valuable Speaker and writer of The upward thrust of the fairway Left

“Who is guilty for weather swap? Graham-Leigh says it’s now not fats humans, cows or the operating classification. A hard and fascinating publication, filled with new rules to make you think that back approximately what you notion you knew.” —Jonathan Neale, writer of Stop international Warming, switch the World

“Food construction and intake is more and more famous as an immense driving force of worldwide weather swap, yet the place does the stability of blame lie? Elaine Graham-Leigh’s booklet makes an enormous and well timed contribution to the debates swirling round meals creation platforms, ‘overconsumption’ and weather swap. The class-based ideological attack on operating humans because the culprits of our multi-faceted ecological quandary are elucidated with nice readability by means of the writer. for those who think combining social justice with ecological sustainability is a necessary a part of the reply, Graham-Leigh’s booklet presents crucial ammunition as to why it truly is our process of nutrition construction for commodity trade, and the waste inherent in it, instead of person habit and foodstuff offerings, that lies on the middle of the crisis.” —Chris Williams, writer of Ecology and Socialism

“An very good, polemical publication; stress-free, attention-grabbing and intensely, very well-written. a truly new contribution to concept and an incisive argument.” —Chris Nineham, writer of The humans v Tony Blair

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