Diet for a Changing Climate

Food for Thought

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

The United Nations supports a compelling solution to world hunger: eat insects! Explore the vast world of unexpected foods that may help solve the global hunger crisis. Weeds, wild plants, invasive and feral species, and bugs are all food for thought. Learn about the nutritional value of various plant and animal species; visit a cricket farm; try a recipe for dandelion pancakes, kudzu salsa, or pickled purslane; and discover more about climate change, sustainability, green agriculture, indigenous foods, farm-to-table restaurants, and how to be an eco-friendly producer, consumer, and chef. Meet average folks and experts in the field who will help you stretch your culinary imagination!

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 128
Publication Date 2018-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN014000, YAN050080, YAN024020
Dewey 613.2
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1080
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Maps, Recipes, Reviewed, and Source notes

Author: Sue Heavenrich

Sue Heavenrich writes about science and environmental issues and is passionate about insects. She has followed ants in the Arizona desert, tagged bumblebees in the Rocky Mountains, and tallied insects on Cocos Island, Costa Rica. When not writing, she collects data for researchers as a citizen scientist. Heavenrich lives in Upstate New York with her family and an organic garden full of edible weeds and bugs.

Author: Christy Mihaly

Christy Mihaly writes nonfiction books for kids, about topics including moose, redwoods, fashion, and math. She also writes articles, stories, and poetry, and blogs about children's literature. She writes in Vermont, under the supervision of her dog and cat.


  • Green Earth Book Award Short List, Short-listed, 2019



“Readers interested in embracing invasivorism might want to try their hand at some of the recipes, which include Wild Kudzu Salsa, Pasta and Periwinkles, and Crisp and Crunchy Beetle Croutons.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“A great resource for those exploring environmental issues and seeking ways to combat climate change.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“An optimistic introduction for those who want to ‘take a bite out of climate change.’”—Kirkus Reviews