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Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2006

    A. D. Goose Tarbox, Freelance Reviewer for the Midwest Book Review

    I chose this book because I had never read one of Jane Goodall's books. Her name was familiar to me as being the expert scientist on chimpanzees and I knew she was one of Louis Leakey's 'Trimates' he had hired long ago to study the Old World Apes. After reading this book I am now a fan and I feel this book has honestly somewhat changed me. I was saddened recently when someone asked me about the book I was reading and when I shared with them some of the gruesome facts of the book-- about how animals are treated for food consumption (small cages, forced fed to fatten them up, given a cocktail of antibiotics unnecessarily... the list goes on) I was disappointed the person was one of those who just didn't want to know the truth. To coin the old saying, 'ignorance is bliss' and unfortunately some people don't want to know the suffering many animals endure before they end up on their plate or that the potato they are eating may be genetically modified, every single cell. After reading this book I am glad I am no longer ignorant on the topic of GMO (genetically modified organisms), animal welfare, and organic farming. In fact, the book got me so curious about organic farming I have discovered a wonderful new hobby: organic farming. And after eating possible GMO products for years I can honestly say organic tastes better and I read in an article recently that an organic potato is eight times more nutritious then a non-organic potato. This book discusses many issues effecting our planet's health and our own. I highly recommend it as an informative book for those who want their eyes opened as to what we are eating and what some companies are doing. On page 279 of the book, 'In 2005 the United Nations issued a rather daunting 'Millennium Report.' After a five- year study, a team of international scientists came to a sobering agreement: Unless we stop the pollution and degradation caused by industrial farming and seriously address overfishing and global warming, we will literally run out of enough resources to feed everyone by the year 2050.' I 'hope' you will read this book. A. D. Tarbox, author of ALREADY ASLEEP

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2006

    This Book Will Positively Change Your Life

    This book was a real eye opener. I knew about some elements of the 'food industry', but the depth of detail (historical and contemporary) presented in Jane Goodall's elequent and easy to listen to voice is a must read for everyone - regardless of what your eating lifestyle or socio-economic position happens to be, or what country you happen to live in. It is astounding how much we all assume that 'food providers' do have each of our best/health interests in mind. The profit motivated practices are unbelievable - but real. This is really a global education on the global food industry and interdependent role it and we all play together. In addition to just needing to know where and what is in the food we buy in stores, if you like buying seeds for your own window or victory garden - you need to know about today's seed industry. If you live near cattle, poultry, pig, fish 'farms', you need to know about the serious risk to your local watershed. If you live in a developing region of the world or have family there, you need to know how the global food industry may be impacting your community. You need to understand the sources of the fast food industry. You need to come to terms with what genetically modified foods are, how pervasive they can be and that animals - if given a choice to eat organic, non-GMO food vs. GMO food always choose the non-GMO food. The other impressive element of Goodall's book is that she does not present a depressing predicament that leaves the reader with a gloomy and dire sentiment. That would be too easy to accomplish. The seriousness of where we all are is real - no doubt about it. The over-arching extent of food impact is frightening. BUT - true to the book's title, there is hope. And there are many leaders, organizations and trends that are positive. First we all need to know about them - and Goodall makes the introductions. Then they need to be supported - if you choose to do so (hopefully you do in what ever way you can) and the book has an impressive amount of resources and links for more information. I've become more talkative about this topic. I shop with an eye focusing on organic. I see that more stores are stocking organic. I am trying to let store management know that I appreciate and will buy these products. I support the local farmers markets in my city. I am trying to think greener in the way I live. I know that there is a lot more I can do... And that's my reason for having HOPE. Now that I am more aware than ever, I can get involved in so many little or bigger ways. I can just tell people to read this book and formulate their own conclusions I can learn even more, get involved more, maybe even create some of my own harvests for hope. That invitation is open to you too¿Read it and then decide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2005

    The Most Important Read For Generations To Come

    Jane Goodall is one of the most amazing, and giving of all human beings of this century. Her book 'Harvest of Hope' A Guide To Mindful Eating, is one that all who have children and grandchildren and who care about the future of the earth must read. Their futures hang in the balance. From growing foods with poisons (pesticides), to genetically modified fruits and vegetables, to diseases and inhumanity in the slaughterhouses, to wages of war over water and how we can hope to make a difference. Plus all that you can imagine in between. The impact on the future of the generations to come will be devastating. I for one will be changing the foods I choose to purchase and what we consume. Talk about a wake-up call! You have given me mine. I have learned so much more than I ever thought I knew. But then, you have always taught me so very much through your life's work. Thank you Jane. You have inspired me.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    Jane Goddall my new hero!

    What an informative and well written book. This has changed my life....for the better!
    She has the information, she has the facts and she presents them well. This could be used as a teaching tool and should be considered for required reading in schools.
    We have changed the way we view, buy and eat food. As a caring part of this planet we have changed and feel 100% better for it.
    It's a book that gives in more ways then you can realize.

    Please buy it, please read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2005

    A must read

    An excellent summary of the impact of modern day food production on the environment. The exploitation of farm animals in todays world is shocking and revolting. Ms. Goodall also suggests how we can move towards a more sustainable and responsible world by supporting organic, locally grown farm products.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2005

    a must for conscious people

    all people should read this book as it will change their choices for life & help create a more humane world

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