Now we’re getting somewhere! Chapter 4 is all about the ridiculous amounts of pakaging we use for food. Salatin brings up the most obvious points about people being over sterilized and the mountains of waste we create with our germophobia. I’m often enraged by grocery store produce that is wrapped in plastic and Styrofoam. I want to touch that produce, not stare at it. I should be able to fully check out my food before I bring I home. Salatin, like me, has problems shopping in super markets because there is very little food in there, replaced mostly by packaging.
Chapter 5 is all about urban food systems and the need to stop fearing food production. Gardens are not dirty. Growing your own food is not a liability. It’s a right. It’s an honor. Farmers, rural and urban alike, should be praised. We should all aspire to grow even a little o our food. We should never decide that it is too dirty, or too unsafe for a child to work in a garden. I agree that anyone with the opportunity should grow something. Schools should have gardens. Restaurants. Prisons. Get rid of your lawn and plant something edible. What is the sense in spending money to water and poison our front yards to have a green carpet that doesn’t provide anything. Grass is a weed. The world needs more eggplant.
I’m starting to like this book again.