The End of Food: How the food industry is destroying our food supply – and what you can do about it
Thomas F. Pawlick
Corporate profits trump health and nutrition in our modern food system, according to award-winning journalist and part-time farmer Thomas Pawlick in his exposé of the crisis in Canada’s food supply. Pawlick gives guidance on how we can reclaim control of what we eat by becoming active at the local level. (Greystone, 2006. $24.95)

Eau Canada: The future of Canada's water
Edited by Karen Bakker
According to 28 of Canada’s top water experts, weak governance, privatization and debates over jurisdiction are just some of Canada’s failings when it comes to protecting one of our most precious resources. Experts debunk the myth of Canada’s water abundance and wade through tough topics, including Canada-U.S. transboundary water governance, and how we can care for our water wisely. (UBC Press, 2006. $29.95, paperback; $85 hardcover)

Taking the Air: Ideas and change in Canada's national parks
Paul Kopas
B.C. boasts hundreds of parks, but only seven are designated as national parks. Analysts have paid little notice to our parks and protected areas, says Paul Kopas, UBC political science teacher and author. Kopas puts our national parks’ policies under a microscope and also examines the role and influence of the general public and other policy participants. He also argues that these policies should comprise environmental concerns, plus Canadian political and social attitudes. (UBC Press, 2007. $85)


Hot Air: Meeting Canada's climate change challenge
Jeffrey Simpson, Mark Jaccard and Nic Rivers
When it comes to climate change in Canada, where do we stand? From thinning ice in the Northwest Passage to B.C.’s pine beetle crisis, the authors uncover the science and politics behind how we got here. SFU’s reputed climate change expert and author Mark Jaccard, politician and expert Jeffrey Simpson and SFU researcher Nic Rivers explore how we can overcome these challenges with policy changes, and put Canada’s “do-nothing strategy” behind us. (McClelland & Stewart, 2007. $29)

Change the World for Ten Bucks: 50 ways to make a difference
We Are What We Do
Make a few simple shifts and you’re on the way to changing the world for the better. That’s the message behind this motivational book, which was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s famous “be the change” comment. Punctuated with humorous illustrations and anecdotes, Change the World for Ten Bucks shares 50 smart and simple ways (accompanied by 50-plus websites) we can make the world a better place. (New Society Publishers, 2006. $10)