Friday, October 9, 2009

Timothy Egan: "Restoration Harvest"

Try to find three minutes (literally) to read “Restoration Harvest,” a great essay by Timothy Egan, who writes a weekly blog on The New York Times website.

As I’ve done this week, Egan uses the story of Stephanie Smith’s paralysis caused by E. coli in a hamburger to touch on bigger issues.

Egan describes the beauty of the Yakima Valley, especially during the early fall when the region’s apples, pears and grapes are at their most flavorful. He contrasts this bounty with the system that sickened Smith. “[A]s the Cargill E. coli episode proved once again, cheap food can come with a terrible price.”

But Egan believes that an innate force draws us to Mother Nature:

"A restorative of sorts is at hand this time of year. Barely 1 percent of all Americans work the land year-round as farmers, but still something in us needs a harvest. Every now and then, we have to see our food, if only to preserve the illusion that this good earth can keep us well."

1 comment:

pierre said...

This is Pierre From Paris in France!4I have wached your videos and find them great I am an amteur cook and have created my blog last may i fully agree with your point of view on food and I always cook with veggies and fruits of the season !I f you have time come and visit my blog you are most welcome !!see you doctor !
And if you enjoy pistachio desert this is right now on my blog !!! cheers Pierre