Book Review: The Origin of Feces by David Waltner-Toews

Can we admit, freely and openly, that what we eat and how we handle our shit are essential acts of citizenship, as important as how we vote?


I picked this book up on recommendation of Backyard and Beyond, a blog about nature in Brooklyn, which said to read it because “farm to table is not nearly the complete cycle.”

This book is an introduction to systems thinking as well as a lot of interesting information about our how waste is reused or not in our global economy. The author has a light touch, enjoys the puns and potency of language about waste, but the subject is extremely important. I had never truly understood the implications of importing food and water from other countries or regions and the resulting waste impact.  Read it so we can talk about it!

Systems thinking about food is new for me so I am experimenting- I now buy my food as locally as possible and eat low on the food chain. Also choosing organic consistently, for the farm workers if not for my health.




Author: Emily

Writer/ Librarian

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