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Food for Thought Book Club
Mar 4 2015 /6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
In partnership with the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, the INFN presents a monthly book club open to anyone interested in food and all things food-related. March’s book is “The Unsettling of America” by Wendell Berry. Copies of the book can be reserved at the Library, or purchased at the Well-Read Moose.
“The Unsettling of America” was written in the late 1970’s, and yet, distressingly so, is just as relevant today. Berry writes in a very eloquent manner to enlighten readers about the huge American misconception that modern agriculture and technology are the only ways to prosper. Berry not only succinctly and brilliantly describes how we lost our small farmers, he also astutely ties that loss to the loss of culture, belonging, responsibility, community, and character we all feel and mourn in our modern lives, even if we don’t understand or fully comprehend that empty feeling. It is, after all, called agri-CULTURE because the land is tied intimately with culture. To convert agriculture into agribusiness, as we have done in America, is to divorce people from nature, and from a responsibility towards nature. Because Americans are divorced from the land, we mistreat it; because we are divorced from each other, we mistreat those around us. In the Afterword to the third edition Berry writes, there are good people working “to make something comely and enduring of our life on this earth”. Wendell Berry is one of those people, writing and working, as ever, with passion, eloquence, and conviction.