.....if every family in this country ate just one meal per week consisting of locally raised meat and produce we would reduce our oil consumption by 1.1 million BARRELS per week.
Let's do it! I had my nose in this book during our entire vacation and came back completely motivated to change the way I shop and prepare meals at home. Barbara Kinsolver and her family vowed to eat only food that they grew and harvested or food that came from their local community and county for one year. No processed foods and basically ate what was in season, in the winter ate what they froze or preserved. I went to the local farmers market while we were on vacation, spent $15 on peaches, squash, zucchini, carrots, chard, tomatoes, cucumbers and we ate meals from those vegetables along with some salad greens and pasta all week. It tasted so great and felt so good to have supported the local farmers. Twenty years ago, we grew our own vegetables and then we started moving around and living on heavily wooded lots with absolutuely no place to have a garden. We like our privacy and we like our woods, but we would also like to have a garden again. I don't have one sunny spot in our yard to grow vegetables although I am able to grow herbs, but there are several local farmers markets on different days of the week here, so I can support my local farmers and the community. As a country we are going to have to stand up to these corporations like Monsanto and say no to High Fructose Corn Syrup and processed crap!!!! This is a great book to get you thinking about what you are feeding your families and how it can be soooo much better. Get out there and buy some summer produce!