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The Orchard - Book Recommendation

Sloth | Oct 6, 201107:22 AM

I like books about food and their place in history (among other genres) but was drawn to this memoir of an author I did not know simply because of the apple on the cover. The description on the flap told me it was a love story and a cautionary tale of modern farming techniques. I gave it the "5 page test" while standing in the library and soon found myself on page 20. Wow. Never before has a call to arms against pesticides and agri-business taken on such a human, touching form. I don't think I will ever consider eating non-organic produce again, especially apples.

I hope this author winds up on all the talk shows and starts people talking. With so much negativity being aimed at the EPA right now, this book is a gentle but powerful reminder of why that agency exists in the first place. If Oprah is still recommending books, I hope someone puts this one in her hands.

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