Re-nest Book Club: Chapters 7 & 8 (Got Milk?)

Re-nest Book Club: Chapters 7 & 8 (Got Milk?)

Stephanie Kinnear
Dec 17, 2007

Hellooooo Book Clubbers!

Have the holidays sidetracked you? Is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle collecting dust on the bedside table? Or, did you finish the book a few weeks ago? Let us know.

Chapters 7 & 8, which covered Barbara Kingsolver's birthday party and industrial-scale organics (respectively), got us thinking about our milk. Why? Well, we always buy organic milk, but now we're wondering if that's enough ...

We buy our organic milk and organic half & half from a very large organics corporation that sells their dairy products in almost all major supermarkets.

Now, after reading Chapter 8, we're thinking we might try to find an even more local alternative.

From Chapter 8:
A national brand of organic dairy products also uses confined animals -- in this case, cows whose mandated "free range" time may find them in crowded pens without water, shade, or anything resembling "the range."

Kingsolver argues that an organic label isn't enough -- that we really need to strive for purchasing food that is "locally grown." Do you agree?

For next week: We'll be taking a little holiday hiatus from the book club. But we'll return to our regular schedule on Monday, January 7th. Let's make some serious progress! We'll discuss Chapters 9 thru 13 when we get back from the holidays.

Catch up on the discussion:

Green Home Book Club: Chapters 5 & 6

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