Summertime Slump

I’m in the middle of reading Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma—it’s riveting information. I hate it when people say “this book really makes you think and has changed my life” because it’s usually applied to drivel books like Tuesdays with Morrie. This book however has made a difference for me. Working for an independent bookstore, I’ve already been thinking a great deal about shopping locally and have been trying to apply this approach to my food shopping as much as possible. I buy my food from a variety of places: Whole Foods, Harvest Co-op and a share in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Plus with the numerous farmers’ markets in the area, I can get fresh fruit and bread. So Pollan’s book didn’t share anything new in that regard. I’ve already been thinking about what I eat. The really interesting information in this book for me is how the whole food system works and how monoculture farms have changed the culture of farms. When you read about the “Grass” farmer, as Joel Salatin calls himself, you can see how farms should work compared with the farms that grow just one thing, be it corn or raising chickens, etc. Really, and I know it sounds cheesy, Pollan drives home how we really are what we eat. I hope everyone reads this book and, if nothing else, it makes people think about where their food comes from and its larger impact on the world.

2 thoughts on “Summertime Slump

  1. Ricardo Rabago

    Hello Bookdwarf:

    If interested Organically Speaking a Seattle base website has released a conversation with Michael Pollan podcast (audio conversation). Interesting tidbits on farmers markets, CSAs, and more!

    Some Podcast Show Note Questions:

    Q) Why the price difference between conventional food and organic and how do we go about bringing down organic food prices?

    Q) How can small local organic farmers remain local in a capitalistic system?

    Q) What is the “Food Web” you briefly touch on in your book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.

    All the best,

    Holistic Conversations for a Sustainable World Who Share Your Passion for:

    * high quality organic food
    * natural, sustainable lifestyle
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