Join us in reading the May Co-op Good Food Book Club selection, Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating by Mark Bittman. The Book Club will meet on Sunday, May 19 from 7:00-8:30pm at a member’s private residence to discuss Food Matters and share a sampling of fair trade chocolate provided by the Co-op. Email email@example.com for more information and directions.
May 11 is World Fair Trade Day, and the Co-op helps celebrate during the week of May 6-11. May’s Good Food Book Club book is a great fit for heightening awareness of the vital importance our food choices have on everything from human health, to social justice, to climate change, to animal welfare. Mark Bittman knows that Food Matters. And yes, his book even shows how our food choices could literally save the planet.
A respected New York Times columnist, author, and chef, Bittman writes, “I’ve come to the conclusion that the food policy that matters most is yours. Your personal food policy is more potent than anything else you can do in the realm of climate change, animal welfare, the environment in general, and certainly your own health.” He goes on to say that, “Never before had I realized issues of personal and global health intersected so exquisitely. The destiny of the human race and that of our planet lay in our hands and in the choices—as individuals and as a society—that we made.”
He adds, “If I told you that a simple lifestyle choice could help you lose weight, reduce your risk of many long-term or chronic diseases, save you real money, and help stop global warming, I imagine you’d be intrigued.”
As Nina Federoff, of Seed, writes, “If Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food left you pensive…Bittman’s version will leave you salivating for an overhaul of modern sustenance.”
Food Matters (Simon and Shuster 2009) 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.
-Rachel Caudill, Good Food Book Club Volunteer Coordinator