Editorial: One book, one county
This month marks the kick-off of the “Summit Reads,” a project to try to get as many people as possible to read one book – “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan. Summit Reads is sponsored by your Summit County Libraries, the Rotary Club of Summit County and the Summit Daily News, and the idea is to get people talking about a subject near and dear to all of us: food.
In researching “one-book” projects, the organizers of Summit Reads found many communities tend to do classic or contemporary literary novels. Pollan’s non-fiction book rose to the surface because it seemed ripe with topics for conversation in a community such as ours that’s more fit than most and more attuned to healthy eating. Along with the basic idea – read the book – Summit Reads also will feature some events such as discussions, films, demonstrations and information sessions using some of the wonderful resources we have in the county ranging from the High Country Conservation Center and the Breckenridge Festival of Film to the Summit Prevention Alliance, and our community gardens to, of course, our libraries and local bookstores.
So what’s this book all about? In short, Pollan takes a look at what’s for dinner and how it got to our plate. He explores the extraordinary rise of the presence of corn in our diets, looks at commercial feedlots and egg producers as well as organic farmers and backyard mushroom hunters. What’s actually in a Chicken McNugget is one question answered (hint: a lot of corn), as well as what’s really behind that “organic” label.
It’s a fascinating read, and there’s even a young readers edition for kids (Hint: adults are free to read this one as well – it’s a little less descriptive and has more photos and illustrations).
We encourage Summit County residents to pick up a copy of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” locally, or check out a copy at the library. Keep an eye on the Daily for information about upcoming events, or go to the Summit Libraries website at http://www.summitcountylibraries.org.
For now, your task is simple: Read the book!
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