As the new administration takes office, the country and the world are becoming increasingly aware of the need to re-think just about everything we do. It is a time to stop, look and listen. It’s a time to get back to basics and look to the future in a more sane and sustainable manner. The availability, production and preparation of food are at the core of every culture. We can’t aspire to greatness on an empty stomach. Mr. Katz examines the politics and realities surrounding these issues from just about every angle, some obvious, some radical and controversial.
Americans are an innovative bunch and it’s when everything seems to be falling apart that we pull together. This spirit is described in detail over and over by Mr. Katz who writes about urban community gardens, community-supported agriculture, and underground markets, where people buy and sell food without government interference. The extent that government meddles with, regulates, destroys, and controls our food is described in detail, so that we as consumers can make conscious decisions at the supermarket and the farmers market. Eating what is local, or what we can produce ourselves not only saves fossil fuel, but reconnects us with the land, our heritage and our neighbors. Pesticides, herbicides, hybrid strains of plants and animals, factory farming and corporate control all contribute to the decimation of our health and our planet.
Many other subjects are covered in chapters on the Slow Food Movement, Food and Healing, Laws against Nature, Vegetarian Ethics, and Humane Meat and Water issues. Several pages of resources list a myriad of organizations, books, films that support individuals’ efforts to regain control of what they eat. Although I do own and use a microwave and not all that I read I agreed with, I found this book to be a candid and informative choice for anyone trying to decide the right food path to take.
The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America's Underground Food Movements
Sandor Ellix Katz
Chelsea Green Publishing
White River Junction, Vermont