“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 selection, This is Hope: Green Vegans and the New Human Ecology (2013) by Will Anderson. The Book Club will meet Sunday, March 30, from 6-7:30 p.m. at a member’s private residence to discuss This is Hope. Email email@example.com 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 on Sunday, March 30, from 6-7:30 p.m. Remember to email firstname.lastname@example.org for the meeting location and directions and/or to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club. This is Hope (2013) by Will Anderson is available through your local library. If you are interested in buying the book, check out the area’s local used bookstores or visit BookPeople of Moscow where Book Club members receive a discount.
-Rachel Caudill, Good Food Book Club Volunteer Coordinator
In January, the Good Food Book Club discussed Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan, and we had a delectable and fun potluck. Everyone brought homemade food and snacks, so we enjoyed a hearty meal, followed by a great discussion of Pollan’s new and vital book. Cooked taught us how deeply human the simple act of cooking truly is—in fact, cooking may well define us as human beings. No other species on the planet cooks their food, and no other species on the planet has unleashed the extraordinary power that cooking has for humans. The energy unlocked by cooking has allowed our brains to expand, and it ties us to our families, communities, and the Earth itself in almost every way you can imagine. We all loved this book and recommend it highly!