The Radical Center

With the terrestrial and social climate both roiling at a full boil, Gary Nabhan’s Food From the Radical Center offers up some welcome optimism about the power of landscape-level coalitions to build community and protect the environment.

Known for crafting compelling narratives about the sustainable tilth of native plant varieties, Nabhan now argues for an ethos of collaborative conservation. Highlighting folks who have bridged social and ideological divides to support biodiversity (a Texas rancher who works with Native American bison managers; a rancher from Kansas forming an alliance with a businessman from Brooklyn to raise heritage turkeys), Nabhan shows how collaborations inspired by a sense of stewardship can both unite diverse communities and preserve a diversity of wild species from extinction.