Out of all the books, articles, magazines, posts, and even newspapers, I have never come across a true story comparable to Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbra Kingsolver. This book embarks on the pursuit of living without food produced from the industrial food industry in exchange for eating local produce from farmers and their own garden. The story starts with Barbra and her husband along with their two children moving from dry dessert region of Tucson, Arizona to a farm in the mountainous Appalachians of Kentucky and their transition into this lifestyle. Each chapter focuses on the different seasons of farming and food while informing readers about GMO’s, CAFO’s, organic farming, pesticides, etcetera.
Kingsolver from the beginning challenges us to become more aware of where our food comes from and what we buy. This book provides examples about how “Buying locally [. . .] Those are all acts of love for a place”1, makes an impact upon our country as whole and proves a garden is more than a garden but a lifestyle worth pursing. I found this book to be life changing, and a book everyone at some point should read. Kingsolver does an amazing job at holding the readers attention that it is hard to stop after each chapter due to her enthusiasm, which is clearly evident in her writing about the food industry. I have to admit while this book has a strong opinion that sways any person into desiring a farm of their own. In conclusion while this book is inarguably opinionated it is hard to ignore the facts presented. “Oh America, the beautiful, Where are our standards”?2 Just like a forgotten leftover meal gone bad in the back of the fridge, how long will we continue to ignore the growing issue of America’s food industry? Undoubtedly, this book has made me think twice before I buy and appreciate the farmers who have put in the hard work to feed us.
1 Kingsolver, Barbara. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. New York: HarperCollins, 2007. 150. Print.
2 Kingsolver, Barbara. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. New York: HarperCollins, 2007. 4. Print.