Harvest For Hope: A Guide To Mindful Eating Book Analysis

Harvest For Hope: A Guide To Mindful Eating Book Analysis
Jane Goodall, a renowned scientist of primatology, ethology, and anthropology, began her studies when she ventured to Africa to work for Dr. Louis Leakey in 1957. From there Goodall earned her PhD at Cambridge University in 1965. She continued her studies, focusing especially on the study of chimpanzees; hence Goodall?s nickname ?the chimpanzee lady.? In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute to educate young people about conserving chimpanzees and all the other animals of this planet.
Most of Goodall?s books focus on her progressing studies, however, in Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating, she discusses another issue focusing on human consumption. Goodall begins her book by touching on the roots of early agriculture, including national dishes from many different cultures and traditions. Then, she dives into modern agribusiness, a new lifestyle where commonsense farming has become more and more rare, especially in the United States. She discusses how mass consumption has developed from the idea of a monoculture, where farmers plant acres of the same crop. This creates a problem because if that one crop fails to grow, then the farmer has no other crop to rely on for profit, causing the farmer to use chemical pesticides. Insects developing resistance towards these pesticides led to the idea of genetically modifying crops so that they develop their own ?natural? pesticide. Nonetheless, all of these techniques are poisoning our foods and our environment. The issue is rapidly destroying all farms mainly because GMO?s spread easily through pollination and are difficult to kill.
Furthermore, Goodall addresses the issue of animal rights, going into detail of animal treatment and cleanliness of animal factories. For example, battery farms, or sheds filled with hundreds of cages crammed together, contain up to 70,000 caged birds. The farmers will trim their beaks to prevent them from pecking at one another. Their claws are also sometimes trimmed at the end of their toes, keeping them from growing again. Farmers are not gentle when trimming the beaks or claws of the birds, inflicting much pain on the animal. Farmers use methods such as shocking the birds through starvation and reversing the cycle of light and dark to control their egg laying. After a few weeks of laying eggs, the bird is of no more used, other than chicken soup. The male birds are considered useless and are thrown in plastics bags to suffocate. Goodall continues to describe the treatment of other farm animals, which are treated just as badly, or even worse, than what is described of the birds.
Goodall goes into the issue of bacteria, viruses, hormones, and antibiotics in animal products. Just to give an example of one of the issues, hormones have created great health hazards in our milk. The Bovine Growth Hormones are fed to cows in order to fatten them rapidly, leading to udder infections. These udder infections develop pus, which gets into the milk automatically. U.S. regulations allow dairy farms to mix the pus-infected milk with regular milk to counterbalance the fowl taste of the infected milk. The hormone infested milk consumed by humans? results in a buildup of estrogen, causing girls to mature earlier than usual and men to have a decreasing sperm count. Also, these hormones are getting into the waterways through animal waste, causing defects in many fish and frogs.
Goodall begins to sum up how people can do things to help put an end to the many issues caused by poor farming techniques in our biotech world. She urges people to be much more observant of what they eat by reading labels carefully, buying grass-fed animal products, patronizing organic farmers and farmers who are not cruel to animals, narrowing down the usage of global supermarkets, eating locally, meaning supporting local farms, including family farms, discontinue eating fast foods, conserving water, and eating less meat, or maybe even going vegetarian or vegan. All of these things contribute to not only healthier people, but also a healthier environment. The world today is at a devastating depression of natural resources, and it seems that every animal, including humans, is becoming extremely reliant and dependent on synthetic resources. Goodall?s references to chimpanzee life gives insight that we, too, can begin to eat and use tools provided by nature.
This book was very refreshing to read, and it was extremely informative and gave me a good perspective of how important eating affects the environment as a whole in a business-controlled world. Personally, I am a vegan and I restrain from eating any type of animal product. Goodall?s book gives me thousands of more reasons to continue this lifestyle and also inspires me to educate others with the information and I have received from my own research, and from the insight given by Harvest for Hope. I feel the only way to solve the many issues addressed in this book is to educate people. Most people have no clue what they are eating, including where their food came from, how it was made, and how it got to his or her plate. Even when people are eating healthier foods, most are still unaware of why it is important to eat organically and locally. They do not realize what a huge contribution just one person is when they eat a diet based on organic and local foods. When you put into a perspective how much money is spent on just 3 months worth of food for one person that is from global supermarkets or fast food restaurants, you realize how much damage that is to the environment by supporting foods that are unnatural, unethical, and damaging to soil. A majority of people, especially Americans, is very unaware of how this is a serious issue. By educating people and encouraging them to eat for peace instead of pleasure, slowly and hopefully the world can change into a cleaner, healthier, and safer place, in which everyone can gain awareness and happiness.

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