What Inspired My Crunchiness?
There have been a couple books and movies that have been a huge part of my perspective change from a “normal” consumer (processed foods, body products loaded with unpronounceable chemicals, etc) to a greener and more health conscience consumer. These mainly talk about food and our food system, but I found once I started really thinking about that, it naturally starting influencing other areas of my life besides my food choices. I’d like to share some of those with you today. Be careful though! They may rock your little world like they did mine! :)
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan– Hands down this is the book that really catapulted me into crunchiness. I was already starting down that path before reading this, but after that, there was no looking back! Pollan follows corn from its beginnings in the field to what it ultimately ends up as—most of our processed food in different forms. (High fructose corn syrup, anyone?) He looks at why this is (overproduction) and how its affected us (obesity). He talk about farming (and CAFOs). He visits Polyface Farms and looks at how an organic farm is runthat actually works with the animals and the land and not against them. (One of my goals is to visit Polyface Farms someday after reading the book.) If you haven’t already read this book, you need to. It’ll get you thinking about our food system in a whole new way. Here’s a short summary of the book.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver—This was the first book I’d ever read by Barbara Kingsolver and I loved it. My husband finds her a bit verbose, but I like her writing style. In this book, she chronicles the year that her family only ate from local sources—mainly their back yard. They go through things like eating seasonally (which for some reason had never really occurred to me before), planning for the winter, and lots of other interesting information about our American food system and about homesteading. She does rant about the industrial food system in the first few chapters (I agree with most of what she says, and even I was tired of reading that part by the end), but if you can get through that little section (or skip it some of it!), the rest is an enjoyable and eye-opening read.
Food, Inc.— This movie also looks at the American industrial food system. It covers the rise of industrialized food—the reason for it and the effects of it. I found a great synopsis of the movie here. If you don’t have time to read the above books (and don’t want to listen to them on audiobook like I do!), then you should watch this movie. Its on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, if you belong to either one of those. If you’ve read the above books and liked them, then you’ll like this too.
Can Faith be Green by Tim Keller – I listened to this sermon as I cleaned last week and it gives a great account about why Christians should be green. We’ve been called to be good stewards of the Earth and our resources and our choices should reflect that. He even quotes Joel Salatin from Polyface Farms in his sermon, so you know it has to be good. :) I really enjoyed listening to it and am planning on a second listen sometime soon. You should listen to it if you are even remotely interested in your role as a steward of the Earth. Besides, Tim Keller is a really good speaker–he has a very conversational style and its an easy listen.
Have you ever read/seen/heard of any of these? What things have inspired you to a greener lifestyle? Please share in the comments!
Disclaimer: The Amazon links above are affiliate links. If you use those links to buy something, I’ll get a small compensation. However, I highly recommend NOT buying the books/movie and just checking it out from your local library. Much more frugal that way. :) Thanks!