The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved
While I was flipping through my eco-spam junk mail, which is plentiful enough to make me never want to give to a non-profit again, I came across an article in the Real Goods catalogue (products for sustainable living) on a recent book entitled The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements by Sandor Ellix Katz.
This is the kind of book that is a great introduction and guide to becoming a food activist. That doesn’t mean that you stand outside the local McDonald’s with signs about low wages, animal cruelty, unhealthy additives, or any of those cliché efforts that “revolutionary” infers to many people. What the book captures, and I try to express in the word “revolutionary,” is the idea that you have a direct influence through your lifestyle choices on the political, social and ecological environment.
This book helps to inform people on the regrettable aspects of our current food system, pointing out political and economic wrongs. “Wrongs” a strong word – but one that our current system deserves. But, like most of the books that hit home with me, it doesn’t stop at pointing out the wrongs. It gives you a myriad of ways to practice the “right” of sustainable eating; and these methods usually have side-benefits such as improved community participation, better ecological health, and improved personal health.
Isn’t it nice when you need not be afraid of the fine print, which reads “you must live an aware, caring, engaged, and happy life”. Now – getting everyone that right – that comes next!