Friday, June 6, 2008

I bought Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma" while I was in Penticton the other week. I have been reading it slowly ever since. What a powerful book! If you want to know what we eat, where it comes from and how it is processed - then is the book to read. I found it very informative and yet disturbing.

It has certainly opened my eyes to farming practices... idyllic pastoral fantasies are no longer harboured in my brain. I am approximately half way through the book and realize why I am growing a garden and will eventually raise some chickens, why my family tries to buy local, and why we buy organic.

Though I long wondered about the practice of organic produce farming on a huge scale and if it really is better than traditional farming, this book has answered a lot of my questions.

I found the book so interesting that while in Kennewick I also purchased his other book "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto".


mnultraguy said...

You may have read this already, but I really enjoyed Barbara Kingsolver's book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
The greenhouse looks great and it is nice to have you back posting again.
The Quinces

the Bag Lady said...

Now you have me curious about the book - I'll have to see if I can find it around here!

Glad to have you back in blogland - from the look of things, you've been darned busy!!

Love the greenhouse - wish I'd had one earlier this week when we had an unexpected frost that toasted most of my tomatoes and some of my potatoes. Sigh.