The Viva Vine: vol #1, no #4: September / October 1992
Here's a Book You Should Read

Now, I know what you're saying. "There are a lot of books I need to read." But, how often is a bible written? Apparently, it wasn't enough for Jeremy Rifkin to write BEYOND BEEF, and center on the mammoth task of thinning the cattle herd of the Earth. (Rifkin's book Beyond Beef was reviewed in the last issue of "The VivaVine.") He, along with his wife Carol Gruenwald Rifkin, have produced a veritable portable green movement by writing VOTING GREEN: Your complete environmental guide to making political choices in the 1990's.

Most of us, when we think of ... CO 2 emissions ... pesticide poisoning ... genetic engineering ... species extinction .... global warming ... wetland / coral reef / rainforest destruction ... Biodiversity preservation ... topsoil erosion ... leghold trapping ... groundwater contamination ... animal experimentation and cosmetic testing ... driftnet use ... clear cutting ... factory farming ... oceanic pollution .... landfill overflow and incineration ... indigenous people's survival ... sustainable agriculture ... ozone destruction ... food irradiation ... animal rights (the list goes on), we think that our legislative bodies are doing nothing. Well, according to the Rifkins, ultimately our legislative bodies are not doing nothing; they are, however, accomplishing less than they would like.

The startling fact that you learn when you read VOTING GREEN is that legislation exists, has been written, and is there for all to see that could utterly transform (remake) society and our environment for the better!

All that the Rifkins did was put it into one 8-1/2 x 5-3/8 x 7/8 inch package.

All of this legislation is around, but the various people who contributed to its existence, to a large extent, may not know of the existence of all the other people who contributed to its existence. With this book, individuals and disparate forces for Reason can become a Coalition.

According to the Rifkins, the old coalitions of left and right, liberal and conservative, Republican and Democrat, urban, suburban and rural become blurred with the advent of green politics; where simplistic commercial concerns for the "E" word, "Economy," become trivial against the complex dynamic of another "E" word ... "Environment.."

In VOTING GREEN, the Rifkins first explain their simple (but profound) mission; then they explain, one by one, each environmental issue; they let the reader in on 270 pieces of specific green legislation.

Other newly-published books that have come to "The VivaVine" recently include:

"May All be Fed"
is John Robbins' new book. The author of "Diet for a New America" gives world hunger and the connection it has to our food choices his eloquence. (The Sept. '92 issue of Vegetarian Times has excerpts.)

"Moosewood Cookbook."
Fifteen years after the 1st edition was put out by Ten-Speed Press, author Mollie Katzen has made a revision, this time with lighter recipes, i.e., less dairy.

"Recipes from and Ecological Kitchen."
Lorna J. Sass has authored a vegan cookbook to help people prepare meals and promote a clean environment. Betty Crocker, move aside... If you don't know what to do with that miso, wakame, seitan, tofu, kale, or amaranth flour, here is your book. Ms. Sass makes a lot of use of the energy saving pressure cooker. Find the book at Terra Verde (the ecological department store in lower Manhattan, 72 Spring St.[now at Prince St. on Wooster in SoHo]) They have pressure cookers too.

"Free the Animals."
Here's a book about the heroic actions of the Animal Liberation Front. Author and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) national director Ingrid Newkirk gives a history of ALF's research laboratory break-ins and animal rescues.

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