Bringing it to the Table - On Farming and Food
Bringing it to the Table is a collection of essays on farming, farmers and food. Wendell Berry was farming and writing with the purity of food in mind. For the last five decades, he has embodied mindful eating through his land practices and his writing. This collection is essential reading for all those who care about what they eat.
"Harmony between agriculture and its natural and human contexts would be health, and health was the invariable standard of Howard's work. His aim always was to treat "the whole problem of health in soil, plant, animal, and man as one great subject." And Louise Howard spells this out in Sir Albert Howard in India.
A fertile soil, that is, a soil teeming with healthy life in the shape of abundant microflora and micro fauna, will bear healthy plants, and these, when consumed by animals and man, will confer health on animals and man. But an infertile soil, that is, one lacking sufficient microbial, fungous, and other life, will pass on some form of deficiency to the plant, and such plant, in turn, will pass on some form of deficiency to animal and man."