Natasha Bowens' rainbow of farmers … remind us that the industrialization of our food system and the oppression of our people -- two sides of the same coin -- will, if not confronted, sow the seeds of our own destruction.
~Mark Winne, Author of Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty
This month’s book is the first we’ll be reading on the other side of Barack Obama’s Presidency. Apropos that it’s The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience, and Farming by Natasha Owens, self-professed biracial writer, author, and farmer.
If ever there’s been a time to stand up and shine a flood-lamp on the relationship between oppression and tyranny with our food systems and state of the world, now is that time.
So, we take this first month post-Obama, to read and celebrate the rising tide of colorful farmers all around the United States who are growing the local, organic food movement. Although many of us and the mainstream media have an image of white farmers as the engine of this movement, that is not the case.
Rather, the story of race and agriculture in this country are as interwoven as threads in cotton fabric. And it’s crucial moving forward to understand the impacts of racism on not only our food and farm systems and the people and ecosystems oppressed by them, but also on how people of all colors change the system for the better, and will continue to do so.
By their examples, we all learn. And we all progress.
As The New Society Publisher’s synopsis says:
“The Color of Food teaches us that the food and farm movement is about more than buying local and protecting our soil. It is about preserving culture and community, digging deeply into the places we've overlooked, and honoring those who have come before us. Blending storytelling, photography, oral history, and unique insight, these pages remind us that true food sovereignty means a place at the table for everyone.”
Please join us to discuss The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience, and Farming by Natasha Owens (New Society Publishers 2015) on Sunday, February 26 from 6-7:30 pm at the Moscow Food Co-op. Remember to email email@example.com to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club. The Color of Food is available through your local library. If you are interested in buying the book, check out the area’s local used book stores or visit Book People of Moscow where Book Club members receive a discount. For more information about the Good Food Book Club, check out the Outreach section of the MFC website at www.moscowfood.coop.