Review by Steve Bivans: 4 of 5 stars
The roots of freedom are in the Garden.
If I had to sum up James Carr’s book in one sentence, that would be it. Of course, he has a lot more to say than that, and he says it well. Carr gives us a snapshot of what the new American Revolution might look like with his overview of urban agricultural efforts around his home city, Atlanta, Georgia. What he finds is encouraging. Contrary to the naysayers–who are mostly just sitting on their asses complaining–Carr finds many people resisting the corporate ‘food desert’ formula that most of us grew up experiencing. All around Atlanta there are individuals and groups working together, collectively, as a community, to build sustainable organic gardens to produce real food in places that really need it. But in fact, all places need it, even the suburbs, as Carr also points out.
Food, Carr argues, is the lynchpin to many of the Earth’s problems: poverty, crime, racism, political corruption, greed, and a host of others. Give people the power to feed themselves, and many of those problems with either disappear, or be greatly reduced. I agree with him completely. Food is the key, and the best way to take back control of our food is to grow it ourselves.
If you’re looking for a book to inspire you to start a grass-roots food revolution in your town or city, then you should definitely read The Jig Is Up.