Celebrity Chef/Gourmand World Award Winning Author of the book series The Basic Art of Italian Cooking shares a book review. For more stories and recipes from The Basic Art of Italian Cooking join 100,000 worldwide subscribers at www.marialiberati.com.
Waste is a byproduct of life. It is impossible for human beings to live their lives without making waste. One of the biggest areas in our lives that leads to waste is food consumption. Just think of all the food we eat in one day. Consider how it is packaged and what we simply throw out without a second thought. What you may not consider is the fact that even more waste occurs than what we see. Imagine the backrooms of stores and supermarkets, if you have never worked in retail. It is not pretty. What about the waste of fuel in bringing food to us? How often do we think of that? Most of the food in supermarkets travels much farther than we do in order to get there. The problem is, can we cut down on all of this wastefulness?
Barbara Kingsolver is a well-known author whose thoughts and ideas inspire many. In her book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, she cooperates with her husband and daughter to create a book about eating locally and much more. In the book, Kingsolver discusses many different topics about food, farming, and eating locally. Kingsolver tries to get across a large number of ideas that are as varied as her garden and one of these which stands out is the idea of waste.
One of the biggest reasons to try to eat locally is in order to reduce one’s carbon footprint. By eating what is locally available, you will help to save on the fuel that is used to get your food to you. This means that you have to eat in season, of course, which is something many people have no idea how to do. Sadly, due to the way grocery stores work, we do not even know what is in season, but thankfully it is not impossible to learn. By eating within the season, this means that your food will not be coming from far away where it is being grown out of season. Simply put, eating locally causes you to save on waste quite a bit.
Due to the difficulties of eating locally it can be a good idea to grow some of your own food. This self-sufficient farming can help you in many ways, as demonstrated in Kingsolver’s own experiences. What she learns is not just about waste or local food. It is much deeper than that, which is exactly what she hopes to get across.
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