The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: A Review
The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved
Inside America’s Underground Food Movements
Sandor Ellix Katz
OLD ISBN: 1-933392-11-8
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Release Date: 2006-10-24
In a previous hub, I made a short reference to this book; however, I feel it is now time to take a closer look.
Everything gardens. Why, because, all living beings must have nourishment. This is a basic need. How we garden varies from species to species but all living beings need to obtain food. This basic need is also our common ground: a place where we can come together and reclaim our communities.
Food production and food distribution, when carried out to meet this basic need, are the common ground upon which we can build sustainable communities. Food production, otherwise known as agriculture and food processing, can create sustainable employment, healthy neighbourhoods and a strong local economy.
How we grow and transport food from the farm to the kitchen defines our society. Fast Food is becoming our most popular food delivery system and it is one of the most environmentally unfriendly.
It is not sustainable to use so much energy to produce the paper, plastic, Styrofoam and cardboard that we all too often find on our highways, sidewalks and city streets. How many miles does that ‘special’ meal travel before you eat it? How many gallons of fossil fuel are used in its production, storage and distribution?
A certified organic label means that no synthetic products have been used in the food production processes, this includes livestock feed. Organic food may still travel hundreds and thousands of miles from where it is produced to where it is consumed.
This transportation requires fossil fuel use just as non-organic food does. The organic labels do not guarantee that there is equity in the work place or that fair labour practices exist.
Food is the foundation and future of any society. For example, if you are interested in your local economy, a focus on food will help you to find the appropriate path.
Where it comes from, how was it grown, who grew it, are all crucial questions?
A basic cultural change, reducing the distance that food travels from where it is grown to here you prepare and eat it, can truly change society. It is time to bring the field closer to the kitchen. There are many pathways that you can travel while changing how you feed yourself and family.
Sandor Ellix Katz’s book, The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved , introduces us to people who are moving the field closer to the table. The people who we meet in Katz’s book are reclaiming their right to not only eat healthy, wholesome food, but are also, asserting their right to grow and process what they eat for themselves and bring to the marketplace.
If your friends and family refer to you as a “foodie” then when you read Katz’s book you will meet people who are journeying along a similar path.
From road kill gourmets to bread club members, the people you encounter while reading Katz’s book have rejected the mass industrial food complex that dominates North American food choices. Katz introduces us to people who know there are choices and who are willing to act upon that knowledge. Taking charge of your food supply, even in a small way, is a liberating and healthy act.
Katz’s book will assist you to create your own pathway out of the corporate food maze as you read about others who have already done so. Join the revolution today and go dumpster diving with a friend.