The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved Summary

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Reading Response for The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements At the beginning of the book The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements, the author wrote down “to people everywhere practicing cultural survival by keeping food traditions alive”, which made a claim that he was calling for a revolution considering our food culture and traditions. This book was published in 2006, in the book, author Katz discusses various of America’s food movements, including local and seasonal food, seed saving, slow food, raw food, foraging, vegetarian ethics and humane meat, invasive species, wildcrafting and dumpstering, and contrast them to the contemporary…show more content…
During his two years of traveling and visiting with food co-ops, farmer’s markets, community spaces, farms, or other food alternatives, he met so many people who are inspiring, encouraging, and reigniting. Hence, though combining all of sources and experiences with his own perceptions, he demonstrates us a detailed food movements reference manual. Katz speaks for the people who are reclaiming their connection to food in exciting and hopeful ways and advocate for them. As a food-related political activist, he pointed out that he felts most passionate about seeking to revive local food production and exchange, and to redevelop community food sovereignty (Katz, xvi). He wants to empower and embolden people to take care of themselves. “Nothing is more revolutionary than actively seeking to embody and manifest the ideals we hold” (Katz, xviii), his vision of the transformation in food system conveys his passion and prospect for the future. Not only for food activists, policy makers, sociologists, and medical professionals, but also for the general public, The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved tends to accommodate various groups of audiences. In the book, Katz features the value and potential of those food movements. Even though he clearly stated: “Our food system desperately demands subversion” (Katz, xviii), and oftentimes he points out the limitations and…show more content…
One of the examples he made for building local food system is urban food production, he states it as a promising and exciting sustainable alternative even though it is still constrained by polices, laws, and regulations. “Our cities would be healthier places if we could weave more gardens back into the fabric of urban living” (Katz, 107). Most importantly, for urban dwellers, planting, harvesting, and sharing the produce of the native ecosystem and backyard gardens turn these foods into sustainable parts of daily experiences, community and cultural identity, and food security (Katz, 101). Another important statement Katz made in Chapter Six is “the earth has abundant food and medicine to sustain us” (Katz, 220). Natural world has been not only the source for human being when we seek sustenance, but also associated with our well-being and healing (Katz, 189). Since being tested as H.I.V. positive in 1991, Katz has transformed his life style, which focus on diets and healing practices. Medical school and health-care system in the United States has always been separated with food and nutrition; and traditional healing practices has been pushed away by the government (Katz, 202). However, these community-based healing practices make the community more sustainable by empowering the public and reducing the reliance on pharmaceutical industry. Also, small changes with

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