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Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating Paperback – September 14, 2006
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Looping personal anecdotes from 40 years of global travels with stories from noble farmer Davids and corporate Goliaths, Goodall methodically builds her case for shopping organic and living modestly. Mustering a tender gumption, she details the vicious cycle of pesticide-ridden and genetically engineered crops which feed the unknowing majority of consumers; and also feed the antibiotic-treated animals that provide these folks with inexpensive entrees. Leaving nasty slaughterhouse scenes to less tactful pens, Goodall focuses more on the product of "factory farming" techniques: mountains of waste, nutritionally depleted soil, polluted water, displaced organic farmers, and severely compromised food.
Hope springs from positive sources: Edible Schoolyard programs in the U.K. and U.S., parents breaking their schools' "unholy alliance" with fast food chains and soft drink companies, a steady rise in organic purchases. Goodall offers many suggestions for rallying others, exercising one's own consumer powers, and just plain eating less meat. Conservationists might say this information is nothing new, which might explain why Goodall provides only tertiary references to her many statistics and facts. But for those who prefer that their own eating habits be stirred--not shaken--into question, the kindly Chimpanzee Lady provides the gentle touch required. --Liane Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Her Chapter 17 titled The Looming Water Crisis struck a cord with me since I live in the Sierra foothills above the San Joaquin Valley east of Sacramento and have seen prime farm land being sold for cookie cutter looking housing areas, where water is a serious issue. Irrigating crops at least allows water to return to the underground water system, whereas water used in a home for washing, flushing toilets etc is wasted.
And as she notes on page 260, it takes the following amounts of water to produce 2 lbs of the following crops: Beef 26,400 Chicken 920, Soya beans 530 Rice 505 Maize/Corn 370 Sorghum 290 Alfalfa 235 Wheat 235 Potatoes 130. Now I grow a vegetable garden and know that with drip irrigation and heavy mulching that one can grow food with a good 70% less water waste.
Also like that the author reminds the reader that buying organic need not be expensive. If one uses farmers markets, local farmers, co -ops. If one eats foods that are in season. And if one looks at the long-term effect of what your organic food dollars are buying in the form of health care costs, better tasting and thus filling foods. That eating organic will also mean eating less, which will mean less obesity.Read more ›
The relationship between what we eat and how we live has changed so much that now, we are as a society paying a very steep price with our health -- and sometimes our lives. "Fast food" -- and the convenience of packaged, processed foods -- turns out to be WAY more expensive than we think!
It doesn't have to be this way. Jane Goodall presents one of the most impassioned and well-reasoned arguments for how to get back to a sane and healthier way to live.
It is precisely because the problems have become so rampant and seemingly overwhelming, that it can be easy to feel that nothing can be done. Big business and corporations (which is what mega-farms and agribusiness has become) are huge -- and hard to fight.
But as Goodall points out, one need not actually fight -- it's as easy as the choices you make daily. And everyone has to do that anyway.
How many school children (or now adults, for that matter) know where the food you eat comes from? What does it look like, when it's growing in the earth? What does the animal look like and live like, that becomes the meat you eat? We have -- with the help of agribusinesses -- gotten disconnected from the source. And this is not a good thing!
Goodall shows us the path back to the source of our food -- and our health -- and a future that really is sustainable.Read more ›
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Beautifully written. Jane takes you through her experiences and shows you how she sees food and eating. Profoundly thoughtful and insightful, and always realistically positive. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Robin L. Shepard
Our poor eating habits are hard to correct when corn syrup is in almost all of our foods, GMO corn is in almost all of the crops within the United States, and all of our water... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jessica
Great book that is informative and motivational in reminding us about our obligations to our earth, and those we share it with, animals.
It has changed our kitchen thinking. Read more
I am probably like most people: want to treat animals kindly, look after the environment, ... But I don't do anything of note. I eat meat. Read morePublished 11 months ago by foolish
Great book in excellent condition. Jane Goodall certainly gives you something to think about . Shipping was fast.Published 11 months ago by Tophat
Highly recommend it for all to read. Great book club title.Published 11 months ago by Professor Dave
you can hear Ms. Goodall's voice reading this book to you. It gives you information on good alternatives.Published 12 months ago by Kim Sandholdt
Examining the implications of your decisions regarding food consumption, Goodall makes a passionate argument for making good choices about what you choose to eat. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Annette Lamb
This book provided so much information on how to make food choices that are respectful and beneficial to all. So much of an eye opener and it changed my behavior upon reading it.Published 18 months ago by S. Myoyu Andersen