Eating Does It

Healing Ourselves and Our Planet With Food

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Pub Date 30 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 13 Jul 2024

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Eating Does It: Healing Ourselves and Our Planet With Food asserts that the most effective action any person can take to address the world’s biggest problems is through diet. A whole-food, plant-based diet combats both climate change and rampant chronic diseases, including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and some cancers, without waiting for big policy changes, international cooperation, or costly drugs or medical procedures—and it’s free. This healthy diet emits the least greenhouse gasses, uses the least amount of our limited resources, and is our most accessible tool to heal and maintain health, inside and out.

Section I sets the table for the main course of Eating Does It by understanding boundaries. Like the human body, Earth has its limits, and climate change is pushing our planet into a chronic state of disease. Several basic concepts are explored, including greenhouse gasses, the carbon cycle, and how to benefit both our health and the planet’s by eating efficiently. Sorting out reasonable approaches starts with science, which is the best tool we have for tackling uncertainties and guides us toward solutions. Readers are provided with a primer in critical thinking to use on any claim concerning the relationship between food and climate change they read in the news or on social media and learn simple tips to decide for themselves whether a particular claim is valid or unsubstantiated.

Section II illuminates how climate change and common chronic diseases are impacting various regions, as one interacts with the other to amplify their effects. Tectonic plates from North and South America to the Arabian and Asian plates are featured in individual chapters, each serving up a course clarifying climate repercussions and disease mechanisms. For example, South America serves a menu of deforestation, cows, and kidney disease, while the Arabian plate offers an olive branch and an oil slick around the Mediterranean. Each chapter ends with delicious food—simple, regionally inspired recipes for anyone to kickstart a healthier lifestyle.

Section III of Eating Does It offers solutions—a menu of personal, national, and global actions served up by the author, plant-based nutritionist Kathryn Pollard, as an antidote to the overwhelming problems we face. She empowers readers to make big improvements, one bite at a time. In this compelling guide, Pollard and her climatologist collaborators dish up the simple science and health information people need to make transformative food choices for their well-being and the future of our warming planet. Just eating can do that.

Eating Does It: Healing Ourselves and Our Planet With Food asserts that the most effective action any person can take to address the world’s biggest problems is through diet. A whole-food...

Advance Praise

"The foods that protect and restore health are the same for both people and the planet! Kathy does an outstanding job of addressing the inextricable connectedness of the foods we eat and their impact on the environment. Consuming a whole food, plant-predominant diet is the Rx that can treat and, often, reverse disease, while also helping to protect our precious natural resources, rein in greenhouse gas emissions, and feed our ever-growing world population. It’s a win-win-win! Eating Does It is a must-read for everyone interested in their own health and that of the planet on which we live. --Susan Benigas; Executive Director, American College of Lifestyle Medicine; Co-founder, The Plantrician Project and International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference


A book on animal agriculture and global warming ought to rank high priority for everyone. With Kathy Pollard, extraordinary plant-based nutritionist married to a noted climatologist, the book is a needed addition to the conversation on a timely topic. --T. Colin Campbell, PhD; Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry, Cornell University; Author of best-selling books The China Study and Whole


This simple guide is incredibly important and timely. It’s now or never. The public needs to be informed and given a clear call to action to preserve our planet, as this book does. --James Cromwell; Oscar-nominated actor and activist


Eating Does It is an absolute must-read that is relevant to what is going on right now. It guides us to what we can do to address climate events and our wellbeing. Pollard weaves together the connection between the health of our bodies and the health of the planet's ecosystems. She goes right to the science with evidence in the form of charts, statistics, and studies, while keeping it engaging and approachable for the everyday reader. She manages this with an uplifting voice that empowers the individual and links them to the collective experience.

Her warmth for the reader and cultures around the world is apparent throughout. She approaches varying experiences with sensitivity: noting the underlying causes of current challenges and highlighting her ask that wealthy nations in particular do their part.

A fun medley of recipes is included for the reader to enjoy that corresponds to chapters on specific regions of the Earth. Pollard brings together food, self-motivation, evidence, collective benefit, and unique cultural and geological aspects. Most importantly, she provides a menu of actions we can take today to influence change.


5.0 out of 5 stars Expert insight with great advice & recipes!

Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2024

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Wow, beautifully designed, short easy-to-read colorful chapters with wisdom & insight. Great investment for changing eating into more healthful choices.


This book belongs in everyone kitchen!! Not only does it take you though a wonderful journey of knowledge about how our food choices effect our bodies but also how they impact the world we live on. And as a wonderful bonus there are some great recipes at the end.

And the author is a wonderful woman!! I grew up in the same neighborhood she lives in."

"The foods that protect and restore health are the same for both people and the planet! Kathy does an outstanding job of addressing the inextricable connectedness of the foods we eat and their impact...

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As a momma of four trying to figure out the healthy easting style for myself and also try kids, this book was incredible! it brought up so many good points, and had such a way of explaining the why. I loved it!

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A thoroughly researched and highly thought provoking read. Some delicious sounding plant based recipes included as well.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for an early review copy.

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As a plant based eater myself I found this interesting as my focus was mostly on food but this opened my eyes to other areas of benefit from the lifestyle. Also liked the recipes at the back. Worth a read if you care about our planet and where we are heading.

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A great and thought-provoking exploration of how we can and should think about what and how we eat. Certainly of interest as I contemplate making changes to my diet for health.

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As I’m getting older I want to feel better and healthier. This book brings up a lot of good points and information. I also like that it talks about steps to help the planet. The scientific chapters really make you think. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a healthier lifestyle.

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This is a well designed around choosing a plant-based lifestyle. I went into this expecting more recipes and the like, but was pleasantly surprised that this book is so informative around the reality of our environmental impacts. As someone who has been plant-based for nine years, there was still a lot of new information and I am eager to continue to dive deeper into this book and try some of the recipes too.

Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for providing an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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