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Divided Planet: The Ecology of Rich and Poor by Tom Athanasiou. Environmentalism within a north-south context.

The Biotech Century by Jeremy Rifkin. A prescient overview of the many issues involved in the spread of biotechnology over the past few years.

World Hunger: 12 Myths by Food First. Exceptional exploration of the politics of hunger and food distribution systems.

Pandora's Poison: Chlorine, Health and a New Environmental Strategy by Joe Thornton is the best book on toxic chemical policy published in the last decade. Compelling argument for how the Precautionary Principle should be applied to industrial chemical policy.

Trespass Against Us: Dow Chemical's Legacy of Profit and Pollution (2004) by Jack Doyle is the investigative history of the makers of Agent Orange, napalm, and other products. As the biggest chlorine producer in the world, Dow is arguably the biggest root source of dioxin on the planet.

Making Peace With the Planet by Barry Commoner is one of many classics by one of the leading public-interest research scientists at the forefront of the environmental movement.

Unequal Protection and other books by Robert Bullard have elevated the voices of people of color at the front lines of the struggle for environmental justice.

The Corporate Planet by Joshua Karliner explores "ecology and politics in the age of globalization."

Ecology Against Capitalism by John Bellamy Foster. A Marxist ecological critique of environmental policy.

Materials Matter by Ken Geiser is a sophisticated exploration of industrial materials policies by an activist-academic who has advised governments interested in getting serious about pollution prevention.

Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water (2003) by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke looks at water privatization battles and the water barons.

Hungry for Profit: The Agribusiness Threat to Farmers, Food and the Environment (2000) is a useful collection of essays by critics of corporate agribusiness.

The Fatal Harvest Reader (2002) by Andrew Kimbrell looks at our current ecologically destructive industrial agricultural system and offers a compelling vision for an organic and environmentally safer way of producing the food we eat.

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