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The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food
by Janisse Ray

I just finished reading The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food by Janisse Ray, which is this this year's Community Read. I found it difficult to get into at first; Ray's tone can come across as self-righteous and moralistic. However, her love of seeds and gardening, evident in every page of this book, is a bit contagious. By the end of The Seed Underground, I grew to appreciate the Slow Food and locavore movements much more than I had at the start of the book. Janisse Ray shows the patience, commitment and passion of these movements in The Seed Underground, as well as their sense of urgency. She makes a convincing argument for the necessity of preserving seed diversity and local distinction through seed exchange and open pollinated seed growing.

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