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The renowned scientist who fundamentally changed the way we view primates and our relationship with the animal kingdom now turns her attention to an incredibly important and deeply personal issue-taking a stand for a more sustainable world. In this provocative and encouraging book, Jane Goodall sounds a clarion call to Western society, urging us to take a hard look at the ...more
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Published September 14th 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (first published November 1st 2005)
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Karen Germain
First, I have a tremendous amount of respect for Jane Goodall. I have seen her lecture three times and have met her personally while working on behavioral research projects. She is inspirational and someone that I greatly admire.

What I liked about this book, was it has a lot of common sense. Goodall is a vegetarian, but she does not expect people to give up eating meat. She explains the reality of today's corporate farms and harvesting methods. It's not so much that big business is bad, but it i
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Kate
This book is a nice introduction for someone who knows nothing or very little about the current crisis surrounding food production, the modern American diet, and the environment. If this is a topic you know a lot about (like myself) you will probably be very bored. Some of her anecdotes are nice, and again, for a sustainable ag newbie Goodall's voice will help hold your interest amongst all the heavy hitting facts. There were some things I new little about, which were the issues surrounding our ...more
Sharon
A little disappointing. I admire her integrity and her choices, but didn't feel that she was enough of an authority on the topic to write a complete text. I would have liked more depth, less breadth and personal anecdotes.
Mikel Mancisidor
Es un libro que nos desvela, con tanto rigor como pasión y vitalidad, los lazos estrechísimos que unen la comida y el medioambiente, nuestra compra semanal con el desarrollo, con la vida, con la salud, con la ecología, con la biodiversidad, con las culturas… y con la organización de las personas y de los grupos en la lucha por un mundo mejor para todos. Aunque sus apuestas “vegetarianistas” a mí me resulte un tanto excesivas, el conjunto es muy interesantes y nos ayuda mucho a relacionar lo que ...more
Terra
I will definately be cutting back on my meat eating after reading this book and pressuring my government to label genetically modified foods.
Ed
Sometimes the best person to ask about a topic is someone who is a couple of steps away from the issue. Take for example Jane Goodall. She is best known for her work with primates, but this book takes on the issue of food. Here is someone who has seen food from various perspectives and her book “Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating” proves it.

With the help of Gary McAvoy and Gail Hudson, she writes with clarity, joyful energy and hard hitting prose. As a self professed vegetarian she does
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Amanda
I fully expected to encounter a preachy Goodall telling me that I was a murderer, carcass-eater, and all the other niceties that vegetarians seem to call people who eat meat. But Goodall is smarter than the average vegetarian. She understands that people are different and that being preachy and judgmental isn't the way to save the world.

Instead, Goodall lays out the facts, bit by bit, and leaves it up to you to decide what to do. The facts are many and they are scary. I found myself unconsciousl
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Katy
This book actually had quite an impact on my food choices. I was surprisingly ignorant of "where my food comes from" in relation to agribusiness, local and organic foods, supermarket sources, etc. The book served as a really good overview of how to go about being a responsible consumer of food and led me to further exlore my food choices. Really interesting. I think Jane Goodall is an amazing woman, though not the biggest authority on food or farming. She introduces a number of experts on the su ...more
Lisa
Jul 06, 2008 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in where their food comes from
Shelves: read-2008
Being a person who raises poultry on the grass, naturally with no added growth stimulants, hormones or chemical help, I try to read any book that promotes this way of raising animals and also tries to educate the public in general.

While Ms. Goodall's book is good, it also covers territory that has been written about in several other books.

If you're just beginning to learn about how major CAFO's and corporations are running/ruining our food supply this is a good book to start with. If you're alr
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Corny Canary
One of the best introductions to the inadequacies of the current food system I've read yet! Goodall starts with Percy Schmeiser's statement about how "the corporations have become the greedy land barons, emperors and kings, trying to take control over our food supply. There's nowhere left to flee, we just have to stand up and fight." She then goes on to point out the various methods we all have available to us to fight this battle.

Painting a grim picture of the hazards of modern agriculture meth
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Jeane
A book I think everybody should have read. It doesn't matter if you are interested what happens with our planet, what you eat or who you are and where. You can decide yourself while reading if there is anything you want to pick up, integrate in your life or even means something to you, if you will change something in your life. It is just really interested and really well written. It gives energy!
Jess
very basic overview type stuff about the moral choices involved in eating. i found myself frequently thinking that maybe this book could sway my mom...which is probably the audience type it was intended for. i mean, who doesn't respect jane goodall?? she comes across as an awesomely thoughtful grandmother. give this book to your non-vegetarian non-asshole friends.
Dbruch
Jun 27, 2010 Dbruch added it
If you aren't eating organic foods--you may change your mind after reading this. A true eye-opener: you may understand why you are having weird aches and pains and other serious symptoms when you see how many additives come with all of the foods we eat and drink. I've already started eating organic produce for starters--delicious!
Anna
Offers simple strategies to foster a sustainable society. Eat organic. Shop at farmer's markets. Important to examine the food you consume - it can be easy to create positive changes.
Bryan
Though I was already vegetarian before reading this book, have to say that Jane Goodall's narrative gave me plenty more insights to 'chew on.'
T.
The book is not so much likeable as it is important for anyone who eats! It is a thought-provoking look at what we ingest and the methods used to grow, process, package and transport our food and water, and what we are doing to the animals and our earth. She discusses the inhuman treatment of the animals we consume and if you don't find that troublesome, you can consider the effects of pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, and GMOs on the foods we eat. Whether or not one chooses to alter their ...more
Barbara E
Contains some good information. I just wish that Jane would advocate for a vegan lifestyle.
spoko
Let me start by saying that I'm a big fan of Jane Goodall. I like what I know of her scientific work, I am in line with her advocacy, and she seems like a pretty cool person overall. And of course, if you liked that disclaimer, you're probably not going to like the rest of this review. Because I was quite disappointed in this book.

It's pure advocacy, of course, which isn't necessarily a deal-breaker for me (though it is an obstacle). But it's not a very robust work, at all. My major complaint, a
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Andrea
I want to preface this by saying that I'm a huge admirer of Jane Goodall as a person and as an activist. I'm also heavily invested in the idea that the re-examination of our societal relationship to food production is vitally important to individual and environmental health. Having said that, this book was a huge disappointment. I kept reading it, hoping it got better or more useful, and it didn't. Ms. Goodall is an incredibly admirable person who clearly has a lot to say on the subject, but the ...more
DC
This is my least favorite (by far) of Goodall's works. Perhaps the multiple authors dilute her voice, because the topic is one about which I care.
The summary chapter explaining how food is important to all cultures and tied up in cultural identity could have been so good. But it is elementary drivel that borders dangerously on admiring the "exotic" for the sake of being "the other." "Chinese people eat Chinese food, of course," is pretty close to being a direct quote from that section. What? My
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Sigrid
May 01, 2013 Sigrid rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: wallbangers
I found Harvest for Hope to be well-intentioned with a marked lack of rigorous thought about the real issues facing the planet and feeding the nearly 7 billion humans in it.

Goodall & her ghost writers discuss the increasing degradation of the environment from farming. She both talks about desertification from traditional societies cutting forests for farms, the toxic byproducts of industrial farming, and the destruction of wild habitats. These are serious problems and anyone who loves our pl
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Maggie
Love this book. Jane Goodall's writing is always very easy to read. She writes from the heart, which adds to the pleasure in reading her works. She does not gloss over the facts whilst at the same time does not indulge in over burdening us with details. In this book she gives a general outline of food in culture and society, and in the animal world. She then moves on to discuss the role of multinationals in the control of what we eat, who has control of the patents of food, who owns the very see ...more
Kimmay
This is a good general book for someone that is unfamiliar with the issues Jane Goodall covers in each chapter.


I have read quite a few books of similar topics, & with each one I find even though I have a pretty good understanding of the issues I ALWAYS learn something new from each book, this book was no exception. I learned quite a few new things.

I felt the time spent reading this book was well spent, even though it took me longer than usual to finish this book. It took me a while to fini
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Barbara
I admire Ms Goodall and have been influenced by her. I've seen her speak in person. At one time I considered a similar career path. This book, however, was disappointing. I listened to the audio version, and (sadly) it was difficult to finish. Had Ms Goodall narrated, it may not have seemed like a boring college lecture over info I already knew. I would have preferred more personal anecdotes maybe. Something, anything, to make it more interesting.
Lynne
I learned so much. Many things in this book made me angry and sad, but then Jane Goodall would tell wonderful stories of hope and change. This gave me hope. There are so many amazing individuals out there making positive changes for this planet and their own health and the health and welfare of others. It is inspirational. I am joining a CSA because of this book. I am going to make a conscious effort to eat locally and support local farmers. DO NOT let the big corporations who only care about th ...more
Ellin
The only reason for 3 instead of 4 stars is the timing. Had I read this book when it was first published, I would have rated it higher. But having already read Michael Pollen and others, the information in this book isn't new anymore. That's a good thing. It means others have picked up the message and people are paying attention. Thanks Jane Goodall for starting the conversation!
Jenn
As the (Powell's) review states so politely, she's a little pushy with her own agenda. lol... However once you get beyond that, the general message is powerful. We need to change the way we farm, the way we live, what we eat and how we eat it. There are many things that were hard to hear and choke down and somethings that were motivating and inspiring. I wouldn't recommend this book for someone who thinks "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" it's not meant to change minds as much as it really preac ...more
Angela
This book accomplished its goal - I feel more motivated to convert to a vegetarian lifestyle than ever before and genetically modified soy terrifies me.

However, throughout much of the reading, I felt talked down to, belittled even, by the voice. A lot of the material was repetitive, too.

I think this book is a missed opportunity. Most who are going to bother picking up this tome are people who are already on the path to sustainability in their own lives.... so this should have been an intermediat
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Caroline
The overall message of this book is very important, and if reading Harvest for Hope is one's first delve into food and ag. issues, then this would be a great resource. I personally was a bit disappointed by the somewhat vague descriptions of "what we can do" to change things.

Goodall strongly emphasis consumer choices as a means for change and touches less on community activism and organizing as well as the importance of promoting sound and fair public policies.

I would recommend this book to mo
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Melodie
I have to say this book was informative as well as gentle with its approach. Unlike some books, this one actually eases you into making changes rather than to demand them. If you must eat meat-eat organic, if you can buy from farmers markets, if you go vegetarian not vegan that's OK. In the beginning it does give you some cold hard facts, some parts where hard to swallow but its good to know that she gives hope on top of that. I also liked the resources at the end of the book.
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Dame Jane Morris Goodall, DBE (born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall), is a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 45-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute an ...more
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“Michael Pollan likens consumer choices to pulling single threads out of a garment. We pull a thread from the garment when we refuse to purchase eggs or meat from birds who were raised in confinement, whose beaks were clipped so they could never once taste their natural diet of worms and insects. We pull out a thread when we refuse to bring home a hormone-fattened turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. We pull a thread when we refuse to buy meat or dairy products from cows who were never allowed to chew grass, or breathe fresh air, or feel the warm sun on their backs.
The more threads we pull, the more difficult it is for the industry to stay intact. You demand eggs and meat without hormones, and the industry will have to figure out how it can raise farm animals without them. Let the animals graze outside and it slows production. Eventually the whole thing will have to unravel.
If the factory farm does indeed unravel - and it must - then there is hope that we can, gradually, reverse the environmental damage it has caused. Once the animal feed operations have gone and livestock are once again able to graze, there will be a massive reduction in the agricultural chemicals currently used to grow grain for animals. And eventually, the horrendous contamination caused by animal waste can be cleaned up. None of this will be easy.
The hardest part of returning to a truly healthy environment may be changing the current totally unsustainable heavy-meat-eating culture of increasing numbers of people around the world. But we must try. We must make a start, one by one.”
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