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September 05, 2007



Nice post. I reached a lot of the same conclusions after reading Michael Pollan's *The Omnivore's Dilemma,* so you're already preaching to the choir, but I've heard other good things about the Kingsolver book, so I'll add it to the pile. My mom already thinks I'm a crank, so may as well be hung for a sheep as a goat, hmm?


This is one of the main reasons I read your blog--you've got the connections to so much great stuff. I really need to get my hands on the Kingsolver book. It's right up our alley around here. Just a few days ago I was explaining to my older son about how stupid it is to truck so much produce 3000 miles.

I get frustrated knowing how badly this country needs to redirect its energy and time to local farming. Meanwhile, the suburban schools keep us moms hopping, and kids get saddled with ever more homework, and we all are kept too busy to make really significant changes by breaking out of established social cycles. Many days I ponder throwing in the towel and moving to our Blue Ridge property and basically doing a Kingsolver.

That said, one of my "small gestures" a couple years ago was subscribing to an organic co-op. It was expensive and had ridiculouly meager crops of stuff I'd actually use, while overrunning us all with basil, basil, basil. We paid something like $700, and I estimate we used maybe $50 worth. I felt like an idiot. Some small gestures turn out stupidly.


I bought this book yesterday (borders coupon day, 20% off!) based on your blog from a while back when you quoted Kingsolver's husband sidebar about saving millions of barrels of oil by eating one local meal a week.

We are lucky enough to live near a small farm which has a co-op of organic vegetables; and also near a larger farm (Verrill, in Concord) which has amazing produce, and are fortunate enough to be able to afford the higher prices.

Conversely, I read in the paper over the summer that some Congressmen living in DC experimented with living on a Food Stamp budget for a week...and found they were unable to purchase nearly any healthy items at all. It was cheaper and more cost efficient to buy processed foods than it was to buy even supermarket shrink-wrapped produce. The inequities of food distribution in our society staggers imagination.


Here's another on eating locally I just finished: *Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally by Alisa Smith and J.B. McKinnon.* I'm off to check out Kingsolver's book now.


If anyone is interested in reading more on this subject; click on the link and read about what another writer has to say about growing and eating locally:



You convinced me -- I just ordered the book. My local grocery store posts signs that identify where the produce was grown. I have started to pay attention and try to buy as much as possible that is grown in Washington or Oregon. I am with Hopp in that I could not give up my coffee, but with a bird-loving son I have been brewing shade grown (and fair trade) beans for quite awhile. Perhaps there is hope that we can teach our children (or rather that they can teach us) to be more mindful consumers.


If you can believe it, I have not read this book, yet. There was a long line of holds on it at the library, but it sounds like it's worth the purchase. And quite fitting given the theme of my blog this month.


I found your review through Hidden Side of the Leaf and I agree with you completely. I too, LOVED Poisonwood Bible. I put a link to your review in my post. Here is my review of the book, if you are interested: http://beastmomma.squarespace.com/from-shelf-to-hand/2008/7/8/animal-vegetable-miracle.html


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