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  1. This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader
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  2. This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader

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  • Navy blue hardcover with gilt lettering, Jacket with scene of growing
  • food and the author 271 pages
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Joan Dye Gussow is an extraordinarily ordinary woman. She lives in a home not unlike the average home in a neighborhood that is, more or less, typically suburban. What sets her apart from the rest of us is that she thinks more deeply--and in more eloquent detail--about food. In sharing her ponderings, she sets a delightful example for those of us who seek the healthiest, most pleasurable lifestyle within an environment determined to propel us in the opposite direction. Joan is a suburbanite with a green thumb, with a feisty, defiant spirit and a relentlessly positive outlook. At the heart of This Organic Life is the premise that locally grown food eaten in season makes sense economically, ecologically, and gastronomically. Transporting produce to New York from California--not to mention Central and South America, Australia, or Europe--consumes more energy in transit than it yields in calories. (It costs 435 fossil fuel calories to fly a 5-calorie strawberry from California to New York.) Add in the deleterious effects of agribusiness, such as the endless cycle of pesticide, herbicide, and chemical fertilizers; the loss of topsoil from erosion of over-tilled croplands; depleted aquifers and soil salinization from over-irrigation; and the arguments in favor of "this organic life" become overwhelmingly convincing. Joan's story is funny and fiery as she points out the absurdities we have unthinkingly come to accept. You won't find an electric can opener in this woman's house. In fact, you probably won't find many cans, as Joan has discovered ways to nourish herself, literally and spiritually, from her own backyard. If you are looking for a tale of courage and independence in a setting that is entirely familiar, read her story.

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Joan Dye Gussow
Binding
Hardcover
Brand
Brand: Chelsea Green Publishing Company
EAN
9781890132941
Edition
1St Edition
ISBN
1890132942
Label
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Manufacturer
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
240
PublicationDate
2001-06
Publisher
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
SKU
1002691127
Studio
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
ReleaseDate
0000-00-00
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