Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Eat Here [Book Review]

Haiweil, Brian (2004) Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket. WW Norton: New York, NY.

This book explains what is wrong with our existing food system and provides examples of what different communities are doing about it. Most interesting to me is the development of Farm Shops, basically grocery stores run by a collection of local farmers. I was also intrigued by a study that showed that communities with local farms have better economic development and quality of life than those with large industrial farms. There is a good appendix of organizations that are working to rebuild local foodsheds. While the book does include policy-level recommendations, for the average person, the most useful part is probably the appendix showing what you can do:
  • Learn what is in season and build your diet around it
  • Shop at farmers markets
  • Ask the manager or chef of restaurants how much of the food is locally grown
  • Take a trip to a local farm to see what they are producing
  • Host a harvest party
  • Produce a local food directory
  • Buy extra quantities of your favorite produce and preserve it
  • Plant a garden and grow as much of your own food as possible
  • Speak to local politicians about forming a local food policy council
See book on Amazon

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