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August 1, 2007

What I'm reading

I am not a fast reader, let's get that out in the open. It's not that I am not a good reader, on the contrary, I think I am actually a very good reader. It's just that I am hyper analytical I think. I read something, then a few sentences later I get an epiphany, and go back to re-read it. Either that, or I get distracted by something else, and completely just lose where I was at for ten minutes.
Lately I have been working on this book. I initially began reading it as a part of Crunchy Chickens book club but alas, I am a book club drop out; just too damned slow I guess. Actually I was in the middle of reading it when we headed out on our marathon vacation earlier this summer, and haven't been able to read it again until lately as I had to wait for it to be available at the library again.
At any rate, I know a lot of you are familiar with the book. Have many of you read it? It is absolutely one of the best non-fictions books that I have read. This book has caused me to, whether I like it or not, rethink a lot of the way that I eat, and how I want to eat and feed my family in the future. I, like so many, had really been starting to buy into the organic foods propaganda that is the marketing du jour for foods, and until reading about the ways that a lot of the "organic" foods are processed, really did assume that it was happy cows in California if you know what I mean?
I have been reading the chapter on Joel Salatin's Polyface farm. I was so impressed with the lengths and measures they take to mimic in essence what is a completely natural cycle. The cows fertilize the grass, while leaving it short enough for the chickens to clean up and "de-parasite" it while aerating and further fertilizing it. The woods protect the watershed, and allow the grasses to flourish. Every facet of the farm is tied to multiple other facets to create a complex and diverse polyculture and produce a very high quality product in a very efficient way. I have been looking into more local foods, and have been actively buying what I can from some of our local farmers, but am sad to say I haven't found a lot of them, or that they are not easy to get to. The search continues however, and my garden which has been sorely lacking this year seems to be getting into shape now.
If you have not heard of this book, I highly recommend it. If you are very happy with your current diet, and prefer to be ignorant of where your food comes from, I don't. Don't take that as a challenge, or a put down, just understand if you read this book, you can't help but to start rethinking what you eat.


AnandaDevika said...

I'm reading this too - I didn't get it in time for the book club discussion, because I was on a long waiting list at the library. I'm also reading "Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen" and "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle." I'm not a slow reader by any means, but reading several books at once and being incredibly busy with other activities has made these all slow reads for me this summer...I'm highly enjoying all of them though!

Phelan said...

nope, haven't read it, and no plans to either. I am very happy with my diet.