I learned quite a lot from reading this work. Here are some of the resonating ideas I took from JS's work:
- Depriving our children of the experience of raising the food they eat is a huge mis-step in our culture.
- Engaging in the work of growing food nurtures both our immune systems and our souls.
- The average morsel of food in America travels 1500 miles from field to fork.
- Agendas drive data, not the other way around.
- The health of plants, animals, and humans starts with the health of the soil.
- Full and absolute transparency is the accountability measure of integrity.
- "Economic segregation protects the haves from seeing the needy, and prevents the needy from seeing possibilities."
- The only reason the current grain-based food system works is because of cheap fuel. If that fails, the system crashes.
- Artificial manure = artificial food = artificial animals = artificial humans.
- "No government agency has been more successful at annihilating its constituency than the USDA." (p. 250)
- According to our government, Coca Cola is safe but raw milk is not. Really?
- "Safe" food is deemed so only because it kills you slowly.
- A risk free life is not worth living.
- Real food is ALIVE. Sterilized food is not.
My favorite quote:
"The truth is this: 'If it's worth doing, it's worth doing poorly first.'" (p. 87)