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Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  2,140 ratings  ·  247 reviews
From world-renowned scientist Jane Goodall, as seen in the new National Geographic documentary Jane, comes a provocative look into the ways we can positively impact the world by changing our eating habits.

"One of those rare, truly great books that can change the world."-John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution The renowned scientist who fundamentally changed the way w
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 14th 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (first published November 1st 2005)
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May 22, 2015 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
Karen Germain
Dec 22, 2007 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 01, 2013 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 planet
Jan 09, 2011 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
May 15, 2013 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
Jul 07, 2007 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. ...more
Jan 24, 2008 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
Barbara E
Contains some good information. I just wish that Jane would advocate for a vegan lifestyle.
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was the first book I've read by Jane Goodall, and I've always admired and respected her as a primatologist.

But I really did not like this book. It's full of infuriating contradictions: GMOs are presented as unquestionably evil, yet lab-grown meat is mentioned as an excellent example of how science can combat hunger. Peace is cited as the best way to eradicate world hunger, yet she actually idolizes people who destroy GMO crops (and this blatant approval of violent/destructive actions is al
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
An excellent book of propaganda. If Ms. Goodall wanted to present a well-rounded argument, she would have looked into ALL aspects of genetically modified organisms, not just those that are bred to have pesticides within their DNA. This is a great book for fear-mongering, but I would hardly call it informative and would encourage anyone who reads it to also read up on the realities of GMOs, among other things mentioned in this book. Ms. Goodall uses the common tactic of only mentioning the worst ...more
Jul 06, 2008 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
Mar 25, 2010 rated it liked it
I would have rated this book much higher had there been a Works Cited / bibliography.
Feb 22, 2015 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
Feb 10, 2010 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
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Jane Goodall is one of my ethical heroes and seemingly lives by example. In this book she outlines a history of food consumption, the demise of small individually owned farms and their long standing practical farm practices like crop rotation and animals raised free range in favor of factory or commercial/gov. subsidized animal/plant “farming” to feed more people for less money resulting in alarming ethical and safety issues with overwhelming costs to our health, water, land, and air.

This was f
Apr 09, 2014 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
Jun 14, 2012 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
Nov 09, 2012 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
Sep 23, 2008 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! ...more
Feb 16, 2015 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. ...more
Mar 12, 2009 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. ...more
Jun 27, 2010 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! ...more
Feb 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: environmentalism
A very easy-to-read book that will change the way you think about food. (And scare you skinny!!!)
Oct 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Just getting into this book and really liking it. Ms. Goodall knows her stuff. Her observations (IMHO) are right-on.
Apr 27, 2010 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. ...more
Feb 06, 2011 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.' ...more
Oct 21, 2011 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.
Jane Goodall, Gary McAvoy and Gail Hidson present a new paradigm on mindful eating that is ethical, sustainable, and environmentally conscious. This book is dedicated to small farmers and to the ethical treatment of animals. It covers a broad range of subjects including nature's ingenuity in the diverse ways to catch, prepare and digest foods, to diverse ways of protection, to acquisition propagation and consumption. It tells the story of how we lost commonsense farming to the misery of agribusi ...more
Hannah Starnes
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly well-written book, with a very important message. I loved the way that Goodall blended heartbreaking, difficult themes with truly captivating story-telling (similar to the writing of Rachel Carson). My only critique of the book is that it was a bit repetitive at times, but even this is good for readers that want to skip around.

I would recommend this to anyone interested in their own personal health, the environment, animal welfare, or modern agricultural practices.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jane provides realistic ideas to make change in your life to save our planet. She shares scary statistics of where we’re headed if we continue to live how we do. It is certainly a worthwhile read.
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For the Australian academic and mystery writer, see Professor Jane R. Goodall.

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace is a world-renowned ethologist and activist inspiring greater understanding and action on behalf of the natural world every single day.

Dr. Goodall is best known for groundbreaking studies of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Pa

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