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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

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Author: Barbara Kingsolver

Ms. Kingsolver has written a few novels. I had read her novel "The Bean Tree". She has won National Humanities Award from her writings.

I thought the "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" was rich with information on our food supply.  Researching the foods sold in the supermarkets in the United States provided a hard look at what our diet consists of, how money influences what we eat by a select number of large food corporations. By the time I finished reading the book, I started planting heirloom seeds for my own garden, deciding to frequent the local farm market as my main source of nutrition.

I liked the idea of differnt websites noted in the book that provided additional, in-depth information on topics from recipes to gardening. The author was honest in that some of the changes were difficult to make but will worth the end result..  Why would a large food cooperation be interested in healthy food when they can process food at a low cost, selling it to consumers at a high rate of return.

The author also did an excellent job of tallking about the troubles she and her family experience the year they lived off the land. I thought it was a honest, thought provoking book. My garden is in. I plan to plant fruit trees and some nut tress as well.

The book was easy to read. Could sit it down, pick it up continue to read without feeling loss. I enjoyed the book. I believe what the author had to say and the American people need to buy food local. She is right when she states even the fuel emissions would be considerably less. People don't need to sit in front of their tv all day or even playing on the computer. Everyone should get outside, take responsibility for what they eat, know where their food is coming from. Most of all learn to eat seasonal.

I recommend this book to all people. This is the type of book that should be required reading in high school.