Book Review – Harvest For Hope
My book club decided to read Harvest for Hope by Jane Goodall recently and I was somewhat afraid it wouldn’t have too much new information for me that I didn’t already read about in Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, or Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. But I was surprised that there is still a lot about our current food environment that I don’t know. The book is actually only partially written by Jane Goodall, if you aren’t familiar with her, she is the woman famous for living with and studying chimpanzees in Africa. The book has two other contributing writers and at times it does read like it has multiple authors. The tone of the work is inconsistent and it doesn’t always flow together in a natural way, there are also things repeated in the book multiple times as if it is the first time they are mentioned.
The book has brief overviews on a lot of different interesting topics. I was actually glad I’d already read some of the other books on this subject because I felt at times like Harvest for Hope assumed you had a good understanding of things and brushed over the details on several of the topics. On the other hand, this book did introduce me to several topics I had not thought much about previously, one of which being the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food today. While the book gave a pretty good overview of GMOs, it definitely left me wanting to find out more for myself.
Overall, I would start with other books if you haven’t read much on this subject, but if you have already read Omnviore’s Dilemma and others like it and want a brief overview on GMO’s, water quality, the impact of fishing on the environment or some of the other subjects she discusses, it might be worth picking up. The book also has a pretty extensive list of resources in the back that I found helpful to find out more information.
P. S. Sorry for the lack of posts this week, I was out of town all weekend and got back Sunday night. And now our baby has a cold and an ear infection!
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