beabrown, March 13, 2011 (view all comments by beabrown)
Ms. Richardson and others before her are highlighting, bringing to our awareness, the hazards of the agribusiness practices of corporations and its affect on our health and the future of humans. This is happening all over the world, not just in the United States. The groundbreaking book, Silent Spring, published on September 27, 1962 was one of the early clarion calls. Read it again! We did not listen then, and we seem not to be able to respond now. Ms. Richardson's book is not for casual reading, not to be "enjoy[ed] with a cup of coffee," it's an alarm that most Americans are unable, in their backward somnambulism, in their avoidance of the pain [the pain of not shopping at WalMart] that keeps any remedies from happening. It may be difficult, but find a rancher, farmer who is growing organic meat and vegetables, grow vegetables in your backyard, support efforts on a local level to provide a sustainable food economy. Every little bit helps.
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Jason Paluch, July 29, 2009 (view all comments by Jason Paluch)
Jill Richardson has written a fantastically accessible primer on the current American food system, and how we can go about fixing same, with "Recipe for America". Reading this book is like sitting down with her over a cup of coffee (or the beverage of your choice), and having a fun and in-depth discussion of a vital issue which affects all of us, with an incredibly smart and thoughtful person who has completely dedicated herself to the topic. When you finally put "Recipe for America" down, it will be very apparent that Jill Richardson has done a wonderful and convincing job of sharing with us the hard work, research, and insights she's gleaned along her own journey.
As for the Publisher's Weekly piece included above, I have to admit that I'm amazed an anonymous negative screed is accorded such prominence. What credentials on this topic does this anonymous person possess, by the way? We don't even know who wrote that "review", and it will prove clear to anybody who does read this book that the PW reviewer obviously did not even bother reading the entire third section of the book, which specifically puts forth proposals and practical solutions. Also, the reviewer writes as if they are the definitive voice on food issues, while refusing to even attach their name to the review.
"Recipe for America" is right up there with the best books on this issue that I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Once I got into it, I could not break away. Highly, highly recommended. Pick it up, enjoy, and thank me later.
Jason D. Paluch
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zekwean, July 28, 2009 (view all comments by zekwean)
The unhelpful Publisher Weekly's review will prevent many a library and reader from reading this engaging and helpful book. The review is unbalanced, and unfair to the extensive research that went into the book. Jill does make the argument about costs and benefits of growing, selling and consuming more local foods, and she documents the research that caused her to reach her conclusions.
Only the segment of the corporate world that feels threatened by the movement towards local control of our food supply would fail to grasp or deny Jill's message about sustainability.
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I'm sure that we can look forward to pre-publication attacks from the agribusiness and agrichemical industries, which is all the more reason why anyone who cares about what they eat should read her book!
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"The evils of industrial agriculture are rehashed in this impassioned but sketchy expos. Food activist and blogger Richardson ticks off a familiar menu of food-system dysfunctions: overreliance on pesticides and fertilizer, exploited farmers and workers, horribly abused livestock, obese children who are fed subsidized junk food in school. (She personalizes her critique with reportage from a stint working at Whole Foods and recollections of a period in her life when a lack of access to fresh produce led her to gain weight on a diet of ice cream and beer.) She contrasts these ills with a vision of sustainable agriculture long on bucolic impressionism — 'the baby lambs head-butted their mothers enthusiastically and wagged their tails' — and short on systematic analysis. The author's rabid advocacy of locavorism is especially myopic; she brushes past the costliness and impracticality — 'When buying eggs I ask the farmer how many chickens they own and if these chickens are on pasture' — and ignores critics who argue that locavorism is an energy-inefficient fad. Only the choir will be convinced by Richardson's shallow take on these complex issues." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Marion Nestle,
"Jill Richardson is a fresh voice in the movement to create a healthier and sustainable food system. This book will be part of the burgeoning food social movement, as it provides a guide to the most important issues and how to work on them."
by Markos Moulitsas,
"Jill's work at Daily Kos represents the best of the people-powered movement. It's a pleasure to see her work reach a new plateau and come to the attention of a wider audience."
How we can solve the food crisis in America!
Jill Richardson is a fresh voice in the movement to create a healthier and sustainable food system. This book will be part of the burgeoning food social movement, as it provides a guide to the most important issues and how to work on them.--Marion Nestle
Jill's work at Daily Kos represents the best of the people-powered movement. It's a pleasure to see her work reach a new plateau and come to the attention of a wider audience.--Markos Moulitsas
America's food system is dominated by agribusiness and corporate farms, whose destructive practices pollute the environment, are cruel to animals, and offer us unhealthy food choices. Despite this dire situation, most people have little idea how to eat differently, or healthier.
In Recipe for America, food activist Jill Richardson shows how sustainable agriculture--where local farms raise food that is healthy for consumers and animals and does not damage the environment--offers the only solution to America's food crisis. In addition to highlighting the harmful conditions at factory farms, this timely and necessary book details the rising grassroots food movement, which is creating an agricultural system that allows people to eat sustainably, locally, and seasonally.
A call to action for those who are concerned about what they eat and the health of the planet, Recipe for America shows how sustainable eating nourishes our bodies, our economy, and our environment, and how it is the best hope for the future of food in America.
Jill Richardson blogs about food issues at Daily Kos and at her own blog, La Vida Locavore (http: //www.lavidalocavore.org). She is also a member of the advisory board of the Organic Consumers Association.
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