The Somewhat Unrealistic Lives of Barbara Kingsolver and Her Family
In chapter one of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, Barbara Kingsolver decides to move her family from Tucson, Arizona to Virginia to live their lives as Locavores (People who only eat what they grow, whether it be meat or something that grows from the earth. They also eat locally grown foods). Kingsolver wants us, as her readers, to start thinking about where the food we are eating is actually coming from. When it comes down to it, most people just don't know what they are putting in their bodies. Though Kingsolver and her husband make some great points in this chapter, one thing that isn't particularly appealing about Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is that Kingsolver tends to make assumptions about people as a whole, when what she is talking about couldn't possibly pertain to every single person. Kingsolver and her family make outstanding points and facts that makes the way they are living their lives sound like everyone should at least try to be a little more knowledgeable when it comes to the food that we are eating. Although, Kingsolver's idea and plan is a good one, it’s not necessarily right for everyone. We as Americans have lives that require our constant attention. We can't exactly uproot our whole lives to start farming, just to know what we are putting in our bodies.
Kingsolver and her family are obviously very knowing and wise about food and where it comes from, whether they are growing it or buying it in a grocery store or at a restaurant. Kingsolver's husband, Steven L. Hopp, writes an excerpt in chapter one about oily foods. He points out some very disturbing facts about how much oil that we as Americans, put in our refrigerators every year. "Americans put almost as much fossil fuel into our refrigerators as our cars. We are consuming about 400 gallons of oil a year per citizen" (5). Hopp really makes the reader think about how much oil we consume by...
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