One of my favorite things to do in the summer when I need a break from being active, is to soak up the sun with a good book. I’ve been doing a ton of reading over the past few months, which I’m sad to admit, is something I hadn’t done much of in the past few years…and it feels so good! In addition to rereading some old favorites (like Harry Potter — it’s a summer tradition!) I’ve found several books about our food system and planet that I think it’s important for everyone to read. I believe that part of the reason there are so many problems in our world (and in our country here in the U.S. in particular) is because people just don’t know the truth, and we put our faith in companies and systems that we assume use safe and ethical practices and have the best interests of the people at heart, but that just simply isn’t the case. Since food is something I care deeply about, and something that is vital to each and every one of us on this planet, most of these books focus on various aspects of our food industry. Also, because summer reading should be fun, all the books on this list are written by authors who not only are presenting important information, but have an engaging and conversational style that makes for a (almost!) fun read, considering some of the topics can get a little intense.