Booking Through... Currently
fri 24 sept 2010
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson 1962, the book that brought the insecticide DDT down.
A very hard book to read, knowing how things have turned out: DDT may have been banned in the US, but it's still being made in other parts of the world. And thousands of other insecticides, herbicides, pesticides and other poisons are created and produced every year; by the tons.
I've read to about page 100, and it's amazing anybody's still alive! All the "-icides" are seriously toxic to Every Living Being!
When Silent Spring was written, insecticides had gotten everywhere... the loneliest mountain stream and every single person in the world contained (and still contain! and continue to acquire more! and new! and different!) traces of the poisons we have made. And these days, of course, frogs are going extinct, right after they grow three hands and no feet. It's just a matter of time before the humans follow suit.
and it's our own damn fault.
Cheerful reading, huh?! well, yeah, it's right up my Doomer alley! Anyway, it's classic Environmental reading, something everyone should read.
Yesterday, I received The Vegetable Gardener's Bible. It's my first gardening book and I started paging through it right away!
It's not quite a "bible", but it does have a lot of good, basic information. (and pretty pictures!) And that's what I need. I'm going to inhale this book and try to figure out what my next gardening book needs to be!
(Veganic? ... Anyone? ... Anyone? ... )
Because I really am committed to pretending to be a real gardener! I killed some more "weeds" today. And I'm thinking about killing "weeds" tomorrow too. And I'm even thinking about mulch. Which doesn't even make sense to me, but I'm going to do it anyway because that's what real gardeners do!!
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