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Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating

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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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 14th 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (first published November 1st 2005)
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Karen Germain
Dec 25, 2007 Karen Germain rated it really liked it
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
May 22, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
A different kind of review today– this book hit home.

To my little brother,

You were right.

You were right and I owe you an apology for offering argument based on my own discomfort and cognitive dissonance rather than on the facts. I’ve spent a long time (an unjustifiably long time, probably) trying to excuse my lifestyle; to convince myself that the things I do are sustainable and ethical when they’re actually much more destructive than I’d like to admit.

For a lot of people, I think, it’s almo
Jan 16, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 24, 2008 Kate rated it liked it
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
Jul 07, 2007 Sharon rated it liked it
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.
Having already read Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Eating Animals and having seen a bunch of food documentaries about fast food, GMOs, Monsanto, etc. etc., this was pretty redundant. Still, it was good to hear the message again as a reminder to buy more local/organic/non-animal options. There were a couple of interesting side stories and anecdotes, but I don't think this book offers much new information. I'd reco ...more
May 01, 2013 Sigrid rated it did not like it
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
Mikel Mancisidor
Mar 06, 2009 Mikel Mancisidor rated it really liked it
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
Jul 06, 2008 Lisa rated it liked it
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
Jul 07, 2016 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone ever
Five stars because ... duh ... Jane Goodall.
Mar 02, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
Quite surprising, is that Jane Goodall, renowned primatologist known to many as the ‘Chimpanzee Lady’, would be turning her attention to human eating behaviors, and the colossal food industries that force-feed some cultures’ self-destructive habits for mass consumption.

It is her experience as an animal behaviouralist that explains how, during the course of evolution, animals’ need to get adequate food of the right sort, including our own species. Chimpanzees, like humans, are omnivores, but they
Jun 14, 2012 Ed rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 16, 2015 Milkiways rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Very well written full of important facts associated with food production, water usage, reforms, drawbacks etc. around the world. Of course Europe took front seat as usual enforcing reforms while North America no where seem to be thinking anything about it. This book makes perfect sense to me why the number of vegans is increasing so rapidly. Honestly, I don't see myself as a vegan but definitely appreciate them for their role in saving animals.
May 30, 2014 Lynne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-tales
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
Dec 17, 2007 Katy rated it it was amazing
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
Corny Canary
Mar 02, 2014 Corny Canary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health, diet
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
Jessica Claudio
Jul 17, 2015 Jessica Claudio rated it it was amazing
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Oct 17, 2014 Jeane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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!
Mar 12, 2009 Jess rated it liked it
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.
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!
May 02, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, health
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.
Feb 06, 2011 Bryan rated it really liked it
Shelves: gastronomy
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.'
Oct 26, 2011 Terra rated it really liked it
Shelves: enviromental
I will definately be cutting back on my meat eating after reading this book and pressuring my government to label genetically modified foods.
Aug 03, 2014 T. rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Alicia Fox
Feb 13, 2016 Alicia Fox rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I already buy mostly organic, so this book didn't sway me in that direction. This is a great book on ethical eating for the novice who doesn't know much about industrial farming, health issues, etc. Goodall writes in a conversational style and provides lots of anecdotes. So if you're hoping to get someone to make better food choices, eat less fast food and meat, etc., this is a great non-confrontational book to give. It's difficult to imagine anyone reading this and not thinking twice about the ...more
Aug 03, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it
This was my first Goodall read and, frankly, I was disappointed. The book had stirred up some controversy before publication for being poorly researched, drawing some of its information from Wikipedia and other unreliable websites. I expected Goodall to cite the book heavily in order to counter these accusations, but there is not one citation to be seen. So how exactly do I know that a vegetable grown in Nebraska has to travel 500 miles just to end up at the local Nebraska Wal-Mart? Is that true ...more
Aug 18, 2014 spoko rated it it was ok
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
Feb 23, 2011 Andrea rated it it was ok
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
May 27, 2010 DC rated it it was ok
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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For the Australian academic and mystery writer, see Professor Jane R. Goodall.

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 Strea
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