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Babble Book Club: New Earth Week selection, Food Inc.

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Earth Week and the Vegan Challenge are upon us, and the Babble Book Club has decided to participate by selecting the topical Food Inc.: A Participant Guide, both a book and a documentary!

Our final discussion date will take place just after Earth Week finishes on Sunday, April 29 at 12 p.m. PST/3 p.m. EST to allow everyone time to find and read the book as well as form opinions. The beauty of this selection (thanks infracaninophile!) is if anyone is unable to complete the book, there is the accompanying documentary film.

Our goal with this book selection is to promote conversation around food politics, food revolutions and urban agriculture, discussing and challenging the ways in which we view our food and consumption. Especially during Earth Week (April 16-23) and the Vegan Challenge (April 16-22), I invite everyone to bring forth any other great food-related reads and how those have changed your views on food, farming and consuming!

As always we have an ongoing babble discussion thread already up and running for any thoughts along the way and for the discussion on April 29. The Babble Book Club promotes ongoing discussion during our reading processes to increase engagement with our selections, so on our final discussion date, with everyone present, the conversation can be more lively! 

For those wanting to join the discussion, here are some easy steps and tips:

  1. To ask questions and submit comments, you must register as a rabble.ca user, which creates an account that allows access to babble! Babble is rabble.ca's discussion board and online community where users can discuss ideas and opinions and signing up is free and easy! Any questions about babble can be answered or asked on this thread as well as the babble FAQ page.
  2. The Babble Book Club sets up babble threads before our final discussion to promote ongoing conversation -- check out our existing thread for Food Inc. A babble thread just means the 'page' where various babble users (babblers) can post their comments and questions. Babblers post in 'real-time' and can also quote other users, use emoticons or post links!
  3. Our Earth Week inspired discussion will take place Sunday April 29 12:00pm PST/3:00pm EST in "real-time," which just means more Babble Book Club members will be present at this time for a more interactive conversation. After the 'official discussion' the thread will still be open for readers to post questions and comments; however, they may not be responded to immediately!

What irks you about consuming and food products? Is eating organic products actually making a difference or is it a marketing scam? Is eating meat that is locally sourced and ethically treated okay? Is eating vegan or vegetarian better than eating sustainably?

Think it over and let the Babble Book Club know what you think!

Join the Babble Book Club facebook group for added fun.

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