Harvest for Hope
- A Guide to Mindful Eating
- Narrated by: Tippi Hedren
- Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 12-14-05
- Language: English
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
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By L. Wallach on 04-23-15
Not the best examination of our flawed food system
Goodall may be a biologist by training, but her approach to this topic, as others have mentioned, is emotional, sentimental, and fear-mongering, rather than scientific. She states so many things in this book as facts without citing where she got the information from, and in fact some of these items are scientifically incorrect. They seem, rather, culled from vegetarian/animal rights activist propaganda without any further critical examination on Goodall's part. At least from what she states in the book, it sounds like she picks up much of her information from reading X book or Y article and then just accepts it as fact, despite the fact that there are different views on many of these issues.
Unfortunately the poor narration does even more to harm how this book comes across. The lilting, superior way it comes across (unlike Goodall's much less grating voice at the beginning and end of the book), makes me want to cringe every other sentence, especially with the phony laughs and the times when the voice conveys a smug, self-satisfied smile about one thing or another.
That being said, I think there are important truths in this book that many of us can agree on, and it has given me some additional motivation to get back to trying to eat more local and organic. I just wish the presentation of this book were better and the science behind it were better, because I think it will completely turn off a lot of people who are new to such material. Likewise it's also destined to put sometimes incorrect ideas in some heads who will use this book as a reference of *facts* and not realize that there is much of it that is actually just opinion that isn't backed up with solid facts. Unfortunately these people will continue to spread myths that, when debunked, will do more disservice to the overall cause because it then makes the idea of organics and local food seem to be based on fallacies.
So, if this area is something new to you, I would highly recommend a different book, one that is more balanced but often reaches similar conclusions, but in a much better researched way - a book I read 10+ years ago which got me to start thinking seriously about where I got my food - Michael Pollan's Excellent "The Omnivore's Dilemma."
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By Anonymous User on 02-08-18
Must read for all who eat.
As consumers we need to be aware of how corporations affect our food supply. If we are to be advocates for our own health this is information we need to know and we need to teach it to our children. If knowledge empowers and if “every food purchase is a vote” this book should be required reading for all of us.