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Manifestos on the Future of Food and Seed by Vandana Shiva
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Sep 11, 09

bookshelves: current-events, food
Read in September, 2009

Just look at the list of authors Vandana Shiva, Michael Pollan, Prince Charles, Carlo Petrini. This book should be on every Slow Foodie's bookshelf. The two manifestos are the main focus of the book, but to provide some context there are stories from Terra Madre (Slow Food event in Italy) and by two people regarding the future of food in the US.

While this book isn't convincing in and of itself, as seen by most of the other reviews, it is nice to have as an ancillary guide while reading other books (e.g. Stuffed and Starved by Raj Patel) because it reaffirms some of the hard-to-digest information in them.

Not to mention the amazingness that is Vandana Shiva. I love to read what she writes. I saw her speak at Slow Food Nation last year with Carlo Petrini, Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Wendel Berry and Alice Waters. The most convincing stories were not the popular authors from the US, but those not from the US. Sure, the three guys from the US were very strong and well researched...but they focused on the romanticism of food in the US, while Vandana Shiva focused on the failures around the world that also exist in the US but which are less pronounced because we're all so fat!

Anyway. Check this book out for the manifestos if you're already convinced there is a problem. They will reaffirm and exceed what you know to be true. They will also give you food for thought as well as ammunition to help stay on track. If you've just read Omnivore's Dilemma or Fast Food Nation and wonder what to do so as not to be part of the things discussed in those books...read this for the answer.
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