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August 17, 2007

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Mark

We're reading the same book! I'm 250 pages into it and I haven't felt preached to yet.

Karen

How can we make EVERYONE read this book? Unfortunately, she's largely preaching to the choir. Well, not preaching -- as you say -- but you know what I mean.

Elena

I have been meaning to read the book, and I already agree with the general philosophy. However, the New York Times recently had a compelling article about how eating locally grown items isn't necessarily always the best thing for the environment. Darn--I can't remember when I read it, but the overall point was that it is so inefficient to grow certain foods in certain regions that there is less overall impact by having those goods grown where it can be done most efficiently and then transported around the world. There seem to be no easy answers!

Karen

There's no question that it's not a black-and-white issue, and Kingsolver acknowledges that she'll need to buy non-local things like flour in order to get by. I've really only just begun the book, but it strikes me as a very sensible approach so far (and that's what the reviews say). She also makes the point that doing the right thing by the environment and the farmers also inevitably turns out to be the right thing by our palates: An ear of corn picked and eaten the same day is going to taste better than one that was shipped cross-country 2 days ago.

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