Beet Read: Cows Save The Planet

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Can Cows Save the Planet?
By Rachel Caudill, Good Food Book Club Volunteer Coordinator

 Join us in reading the April Co-op Good Food Book Club book, Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth (2013) by Judith D. Schwartz. The Book Club will meet Sunday, April 27, from6:00-7:30 at a member’s private residence to discuss Cows Save the Planet. Email bookclub@moscowfood.coop for more information and directions.

 “You might ask what dirt has to do with global warming. In reading this astounding book we will learn how to unmake deserts, rethink the causes of climate change, bring back biodiversity, and restore nutrients to our food. In other words, how to staunch and heal the great wound we have inflicted on our planet.”  So says renowned ecologist and writer Gretel Ehrlich in the Foreword to this month’s remarkable book, chosen in honor of Earth Day and this month’s theme.

 As we’ve seen with many of the books in our Good Food Book Club, our food choices are now profoundly intertwined with global planetary health. From industrial farming, to GMOs, to soil erosion, to colossal food waste and landfill excesses, to mass extinction and wholesale destruction of fisheries and ocean health, to climate chaos itself, our global human population and the way we eat has impacted every facet of the Earth’s resilience. What if there was a silver bullet… What if there already exists an overall approach with a suite of strategies that could quickly, cheaply, and massively restore Earth’s food systems (and climate!) to a thriving, healthy stable state?  Would you believe such a thing possible? Even better, could it be as simple as grazing happy cows?

 Come find out as we read this month’s ground-breaking book and learn for ourselves the pivotal role that soil health has in supporting not only healthy food for our global population, but also to curbing—and even solving—the climate crisis.  You can get a taste of the astonishing paradigm reported in this book by watching Alan Savory’s pivotal TED talk, “How to Fight Desertification and Reverse Global Warming.” Savory, of course, is featured in Schwartz’s book.

 As Ehrlich writes, “Widen your mind with a holistic approach to the extinction cliff… Judith Schwartz’s book gives us not just hope but also a sense that we humans—serial destroyers that we are—can actually turn the climate crisis around. This amazing book, wide-reaching in its research, offers nothing less than solutions for healing the planet.”

 Please join us to discuss Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth (2013) by Judith D. Schwartz Sunday, April 27 from 6:00-7:30 pm. Remember to email bookclub@moscowfood.coop for the meeting location and directions and/or to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club. Cows Save the Planet by Judith D. Schwartz is available through your local library.  If you are interested in buying the book, check out the area’s local used book stores or visit Book People of Moscow where Book Club members receive a discount. For more information about the Good Food Book Club, check out the Outreach section of the Co-op website at www.moscowfood.coop.

Beet Read: This is Hope: Vegans and the New Human Ecology

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“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” – John Muir

Join us in reading the March Co-op Good Food Book Club book, This Is Hope: Green Vegans and the New Human Ecology (2013) by Will Anderson. The Book Club will meet Sunday, March 30, from 6:00-7:30 at a member’s private residence to discuss This Is Hope. Email bookclub@moscowfood.coop for more information and directions.

“Our current human ecology is characterized by a worldview that asserts we have dominion over all the Earth. It believes that Earth is here for our purposes and that all other species are below and inferior to us,” writes Will Anderson in his paradigm-shifting new book. But he goes on to explain that:

“The new human ecology … incorporates and expands upon deep ecology (which) recognizes that all species, individuals of these species, and their ecosystems have intrinsic value. This is the biocentric perspective. Deep ecology is explicitly present throughout the new human ecology and missing from the current human ecology.”

In fact, the “new human ecology” is far more aligned with the “true” human ecology than our current paradigm of dominion. Humans, quite simply, are intertwined with the rest of life on Earth. Both definitions (the “current” versus the “new”) are human, cultural constructs.  To construct a culture of dominion, and then fail to respond to our own, acquired scientific understanding of our profound interconnection with all life, is perilous at best. If we want a thriving, healthy future, it’s high time we adopt a truer model of what works for the long-term sustainability and health of humanity and the rest of life on Earth.  To that end, this book explains the immense power and benefits of adopting a vegan diet.

It is a pivotal reference for anyone wanting to “Spring Into Action” (as per the March theme). As Toni Frohoff, wildlife management scientist writes, “Finally! A MUST READ for anyone seeking a practical planetary path from the current trajectory of death and desperation to one that truly engages and embraces hope for all species. This book provides a pioneering path for those who truly want to be the change we want – and need – to see in this world. As we collectively experience this never-before era of one species empowered to make it or break it for all, we now have HOPE to survive together. “

Please join us to discuss This Is Hope: Green Vegans and the New Human Ecology (2013) by Will Anderson Sunday, March 30 from 6:00-7:30 pm. Remember to email bookclub@moscowfood.coop for the meeting location and directions and/or to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club. This is Hope by Will Anderson is available through your local library.  If you are interested in buying the book, check out the area’s local used book stores or visit Book People of Moscow where Book Club members receive a discount. For more information about the Good Food Book Club, check out the Outreach section of the MFC website at www.moscowfood.coop.

Beet Read: Blessing the Hands That Feeds Us

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Join us in reading the February Co-op Good Food Book Club Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth by Vicki Robin. The Book Club will meet Sunday, February 23, from6:00-7:30 at a member’s private residence to discuss Blessing. Email bookclub@moscowfood.coop for more information and directions.

One day in 2010, Vicki Robin—the best-selling and beloved author of Your Money or Your Life—became a guinea pig for her local farmer. Her farming friend, “wanted to test whether she could feed another human being for a full month from what she could grow on her half acre.” Robin, a committed test subject, “wanted to test, from a sustainability perspective, if we here on Whidbey Island could survive without to that cornucopia we call the grocery-store. We called the experiment a 10-mile diet.” Robin says that experiment turned out to be “one of the greatest experiences of her life.”

Hyper aware that the grocery stores on Whidbey Island are at the tail end of a long, fossil-fuel-supported supply train…and that if the ferries to the island were to stop running, those same grocery stores would run out of food in three short days, Robin wanted to know if the island itself, could support her, and by extension, others. She laments that so many of us have lost touch “with the hands that feed us, to our detriment, and this story is meant to show you what lies at the other end of the industrial food scale, to help you see that there are reasonable and heartening alternatives.”

Robin says, “The 10-mile diet changed me…Best of all, I finally landed somewhere on earth, in a real place with real soil and forest, a real community where I belong the way my skin belongs to me. I am a part of life; not at a remove in self-sufficiency but connected in reciprocity, mutuality, and care.”

Because in the end, Blessing the Hands That Feed Us is really about this month’s theme: Love. It is a book about loving our farmers, the food they grow, the community they support, the earth which sustains us, and the blessings that come from eating locally grown food. And, through all this, it is about loving ourselves.

Please join us to discuss Blessing the Hands That Feed Us Sunday, February 23 from 6:00-7:30 pm. Remember to emailbookclub@moscowfood.coop for the meeting location and directions and/or to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club.Blessing (Viking, 2014) by Vicki Robin is available through your local library.  If you are interested in buying the book, check out the area’s local used book stores or visit Book People of Moscow where Book Club members receive a discount. For more information about the Good Food Book Club, check out the Outreach section of the Moscow Food Co-op website at www.moscowfood.coop.

Beet Read: Gaia’s Garden

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Oprah’s got a book club, Gwyneth Paltrow’s got a book club… and so does the Moscow Food Co-op! The Good Food Book Club to be exact.  Coordinated by fabulous Participating Owner, Rachel Caudill, this book club is sure to offer something for the health, eco and community minded reader. All book club selections can be purchased at BookPeople of Moscow, 521 South Main Street and are discounted for book club members.

The December Good Food Book Club selection is Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway.  You can read Rachel’s review of Hemenway’s book after the jump.

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Beet Read: VB6 by Mark Bittman

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Oprah’s got a book club, Gwyneth Paltrow’s got a book club… and so does the Moscow Food Co-op! The Good Food Book Club to be exact.  Coordinated by fabulous Participating Owner, Rachel Caudill, this book club is sure to offer something for the health, eco and community minded reader. All book club selections can be purchased at BookPeople of Moscow, 521 South Main Street and are discounted for book club members.

The November Good Food Book Club selection is VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 by Mark Bittman.  You can read Rachel’s review of Bittman’s book after the jump. [Read more...]