February 10, 2008 at 10:31 pm 7 comments

Suburban library online catalogue:

Sorry, your search for FOOD NOT LAWNS did not find any records.


Really should be ‘Food not patios’ these days.

Am calling loads of books on permaculture and radical economics to the local library from all of the country, and when I renew the River Cottage Cookbook (from which I have been curing bacon) I am going to order loads more things: Timeless Simplicity, Affluenza, The Shock Doctrine, Peak Everything and some more fabby Joanna Blythman to follow on from my rant on INEBG about supermarkets and the totally fallacious ‘we need cheap food for poor people’ argument (which I might copy and paste over here, but you’re probably sick of me banging on about it). I’ve been so good and not bought them on Amazon. *preens*


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Yes! I’m digging for victory! Suggestions please!

7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anonymous  |  February 11, 2008 at 5:59 am

    Good food is not cheap.
    Cheap food is more chemicals than food.


  • 2. Hamster  |  February 11, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Very true.

  • 3. furzecat  |  February 11, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    More reading:
    No Logo by Naomi Klein,

    Fast Food Nation by Erich Schlosser (not just about what is in the burgers but how burger production has changed meat production and processing.

    The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard (Old but still relevant expose of the advertising industry).



  • 4. Hamster  |  February 11, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Ooh, thank you. I actually have No Logo and Fast Food Nation from years ago, but the Hidden Persuaders one sounds great – that can go on the list!

  • 5. Stonehead  |  February 12, 2008 at 8:26 am

    You have a library and it gets books in for you! Our village library has very, very restricted hours at odd times of day and often has problems getting books on inter-library loan. I miss having a propery library.

  • 6. Hamster  |  February 12, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Stonehead, sadly I think that’s the trade-off you make for being able to keep pigs and chickens and being surrounded by natural wilderness, rather than motorways and shopping centres! =)

  • 7. Mara  |  February 13, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Bucks has one copy of Timeless Simplicity, supposedly due back on 4th Feb…but they appear to be still searching for it.


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