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Food Security & Sustainability: For The Times Ahead Paperback – July 1, 2008
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Harvest McCampbell writes an organic gardening column for the Two Rivers Tribune in Northern California. She focuses on bio-diversity, sustainability, and food security. Harvest is also the author of a popular herb book, Sacred Smoke, which is published by Native Voices.
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New Release December 2008
Review January 15, 2009
Food Security and Sustainability For The Times Ahead
By Harvest McCampbell
BioDiverse Press, 2008
There have been many books over the years written about food security, home gardens, disaster preparedness, survival skills and green living. In Food Security and Sustainability For The Times Ahead, author Harvest McCampbell addresses these issues in a refreshing, readable style that is relevant for the times we live in right now.
The book speaks to us in a personal and all-inclusive tone. Whether you live in the country, the suburbs or the city, you'll find practical, easy to understand information that illustrates what we can do for ourselves and explains how our actions can impact the community and the world.
McCampbell takes us on a journey that lays the foundation for why we should think about creating more sustainable lifestyles. She shares with us the rich wealth of knowledge and spiritual understanding passed on to her by her grandmother, as well as her own investigation and research of the issues and dilemmas which face us today, including global climate change and economic instability.
She shares with the reader how we are affected by the commercial trading of mass-produced commodities such as corn, rice and grains, and how our own purchasing habits affect the local and global market. Blending the wisdom of Native American elders given to her first-hand from her relatives with the reality of today's global environment and economy, Harvest explains the meaning of sustainability and why it matters.
Food is the focus of this work, but the book encompasses a whole body of knowledge that extends well beyond what we need to know about what we eat. Each brief chapter moves us forward from understanding what sustainability means on a personal and global level to what specific positive actions are appropriate for each reader's own situation. There are no superfluous words. McCampbell gives her readers this wealth of knowledge, and a substantial resource section, in 144 pages.
Easy to read and remarkably well referenced, Food Security and Sustainability For The Times Ahead helps us think about where we live and how we can improve our quality of living and security where we are. Harvest helps the reader understand what foods are good to store and which are not, how to prepare food for storage and store it safely, how to decide what an individual or family should have on hand, where and how one can grow a garden even if they live in an urban setting, the importance of a balanced diet, herbal and natural supplements and resources for obtaining them; there is even a chapter devoted to learning useful skills, and to the etiquette of becoming an apprentice to someone who has a skill you `d like to learn.
If you've never owned a Swiss army knife or a sturdy pair of gloves, don't worry. Food Security and Sustainability For The Times Ahead is written in a language we can all comprehend, regardless of how much experience we do or don't have at thinking for ourselves.
Rarely have I encountered a book on any subject that gives the reader so much useful information in such a concise, user friendly and digestible format. It is a valuable, practical tool. It does not ask us to become something we are not; instead, it shows us how we can start from where we are today to create greater personal security for ourselves, our families and even our communities, and take pride and enjoyment in the process.
Corina Roberts, Freelance Writer and Photographer
This is a jewel, and a book you will want to share with everyone you love,and anyone you know who is awake to the times ahead.