My husband and I read this book together. We try to have one book that we read aloud with each other. We began doing this when we were dating, and have continued over the years. We found this book in a used bookstore, and it is a topic we are both interested in, so we decided to give it a try.
This is the perfect book if you care about your health, and if you are curious about eating organic. Jane Goodall covers topics such as: eating food in season, fisheries, school lunches, farming practices, and factory farms. Each chapter is a clear argument why it matters how your food is grown, where it comes from, and how it was prepared. The clarity of the book makes it easy to decide what you want to change about your eating habits, and it provides some ways to get started. There is a great reference section that provides information on books, websites, dvds, periodicals, etc. where she gets information, and where you can explore these topics further.
One of the biggest take aways for me from this book, was the section about eating locally. I had already decided several years ago to go organic whenever possible. I would often get food locally at a Farmer's Market, but not always. This book was a reminder about the importance of getting your food from local sources. A few of those reasons are:
- The food is in season.
- The food does not travel as far. This saves on fossil fuels, which is better for the environment, and your food is fresher.
- Your money stays in your community. Your money goes to small farms, and not big corporations.
As a result, I have joined a CSA(Community Supported Agriculture) with a local farmer that I had bought from several times at the Farmer's Market. After only a few weeks being part of the CSA, I love it! The price is comparable if not slightly cheaper than the grocery store. The farmer we buy from is organic, so we don't have to worry about GMOs, or what pesticides have been sprayed on our food. I have already cooked with new vegetables, and have enjoyed cooking new dishes. Being part of the CSA has put more variety in the vegetables we eat. This is much better for our health. I am very pleased that this book gave encouragement to join a CSA.
Another important section is about the different factory farms for animals. This is a must read for anyone that does not know where their meat comes from. Not only are these farms cruel to the animals, they are unhealthy for anyone eating the meat that comes from them. Goodall writes about the use of antibiotics in the animals, the space, or lack thereof the animals are kept in, slaughtering methods, the impact these farms have on the environment, and how far the meat travels. There are plenty of options for meat that do not come from factory farms.
I would encourage everyone to read this book. I only covered a couple of topics from this book. There is so much more information contained in this book. Her arguments make it easy to understand that it is important for us as individuals and communities to comprehend the impact of how the foods that we eat affects us all. For all these reasons, and many more this book has a place on My Favorite Books List.