Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Quotations from Kingsolver ...

From her book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, some thoughts of Barbara Kingsolver worth considering:

"Eaters must understand that eating takes place inescapably in the world, that it is inescapably an agricultural act, and that how we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used ..." - Wendell Berry.

The Urban US middle class appears more specifically concerned about exploiting Asian factory workers (Kingsolver commenting on the attitudes towards domestic US farmers who supply food to the American kitchen table)

... and commenting on the inability of a local organic growers' cooperative to sell their tomatoes in neighbouring stores who are importing Californian grown tomatoes trucked ACROSS the country Kingsolver writes: "... pallets of organic tomatoes from Californian had begun coming in just a few dollars cheaper. It's hard to believe, given the amount of truck fuel involved, but transportation is tax deductable for the corporations, so we tax payers paid for that shipping. The Californian growers only needed the economics of scale on their side, a cheap army of pickers and customer who would reliably opt for the lower prices ..."

The local organically grown tomatoes had to be given away to poor and needy families because the stores wouldn't buy them ... a disaster on many levels ...

(stay tuned - more to come ...)

1 comment:

shauna said...

Thank you so much for informing me. I'm a big Kingsolver fan and hadn't realized she has a new book out!