Summary of Blessing the Hands That Feed Us

What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth

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Blessing the Hands That Feed Us book summary
Eating locally matters – to support your local farmers and your health.


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Vicki Robin, a sustainable-living activist, gave herself a month-long challenge. She would eat only locally farmed food produced within 10 miles of her house on Whidbey Island in Washington state. Her experiment changed her. She formed deep bonds with the neighbors who gave or sold her fresh produce, dairy, chicken and beef. Eating locally knit her more closely to her community. She rediscovered the flavors and taste of fresh food. Robin bemoans that people don’t know where their food comes from and rails against processed, packaged food being cheap and convenient while small farmers struggle. She shows how to support local farmers and explains the benefits of eating locally. Some will find her activism inspirational and contagious, while those less interested in sustainability may be put off by her vehemence. getAbstract recommends her journey to those willing to examine the choices they make about what to eat.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why eating locally matters
  • Why sustainable-living activist Vicki Robin chose to eat only foods from within 10 miles of her home
  • How you can benefit from incorporating local food into your diet


Accepting the Challenge
In 2004, Vicki Robin had been diagnosed with stage-three colon cancer. While she recovered, food became personal. As an activist, she had encouraged others to consume less. Now she needed to clean her own house after a lifetime of yo-yo dieting, losing weight and...
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About the Author

Sustainable-living activist Vicki Robin also wrote the bestseller Your Money or Your Life.

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