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Book Title: Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil|
The author of the book: Sharon Astyk
ISBN 13: 9781282465473
Edition: New Society Publishers
Date of issue: June 13th 2014
Format files: PDF
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Limited practical information, and the rhetoric became increasingly unconvincing even to me, a die-hard urban gardener. I think it is counterproductive to tell people that gardening will be painless, and certainly unhelpful to tell poor people that their main problem is that they're unable to cook - if only poor people knew what to do with dry beans, then they could just live off the food bank instead of stuffing their ignorant faces with fast food, right? This was insulting enough, but when the authors assured me that it was completely possible to feed your family organic, locally-produced foods using your food stamps, I sort of blew my lid. That may be true in some limited places - like the liberal college town where I live, with an easily accessible farmer's market, but totally ludicrous in most poor neighborhoods, which may lack even a basic grocery store. They briefly mention the vegetable stands of Southwestern cities, which are undeniably life savers for people stuck in crappy neighborhoods - say with shoddy bus service and a mini mart for supplies - but are not exactly 'organic' or even 'local'. I bought many a bag of super cheap veggies from stands in California, of unknown origin, because the alternative - taking a city bus to the Whole Foods in a better neighborhood - wasn't an affordable option. If I wanted 'organic' I had to grow it myself.
Urban city gardens are undeniably the answer, both for larger food security issues and for addressing the health problems of America's urban poor. The authors only mentioned urban efforts in passing, choosing to concentrate on suburban gardeners (and those with a 1/3 acre lot), which is fine, but I'm not convinced that this narrow picture in any way represents a "nation of farmers". It certainly does not get at the root of our problems with food.
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Read information about the authorSharon Astyk is a writer, teacher, blogger, and farmer who raises vegetables, poultry and dairy goats with her family in upstate New York. She and her family use 80% less energy and resources than the average American household. Sharon is a member of the Board of Directors of ASPO-USA and the award-winning author of three previous books including Depletion and Abundance and Independence Days.