Though she didn’t manage to gives us a recipe (her explanation is hilarious), her thoughts with regards to the safety of our food and environment and the struggle modern parents feel to protect their children are pointed and poignant. I know that many of my readers can relate. Many have experienced either first-hand or through family members, “issues” with food including allergies, sensitivities, weight management, and chronic diseases including auto-immune disorders and cancers. Now either I have an unusually sick circle of acquaintances…(unlikely given the overall sample size and diversity) OR something is wrong.
One early reviewer of Eden’s Root said that while it was obvious I had a strong viewpoint, it was well-researched and fell short of being a tract. I appreciated that. My point was not to flog people. I wanted to tell a story that tugged at hearts the way mine was being tugged by the things I’d learned in my research, and the possible implications. When ER came to me originally, though the “message” or “villain” (food change run amok) was a central premise, it was always Fi and my love for her and her family and friends that was the story.
Whether we take this post’s (Indiscriminate Writes) call-to-action to heart or not, it was important to me to at least be having the discussion. The thing that made me angry (like she says as well) when I first started to really learn about this stuff was how little I’d known about what I was putting in my body and how unfair that seemed. But can we turn back the clock through action? Can we balance the benefits of progress with it’s drawbacks? I don’t know.
I’ll be honest. I’m on the fence about 50/50 if you ask me if we’re going to accidentally destroy ourselves as a species. When I think about the racing pace of technological innovation, it seems inevitable (also just plain population growth brings major risks like pandemic, etc….blah, blah, we’ve all become prepper now, right?). But then we’ve sometimes (historically) demonstrated an uncanny knack to figure things out or do the right thing just in time to avert disaster. That is the duality of human greatness: it always teeters on the razor’s edge between triumph and tragedy. And ultimately, that was what I wanted to capture.
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My ego loves her opener, of course…
For those of you who are not familiar with Rachel E. Fisher’s ‘Eden’s Root’ trilogy, well, what have you been doing?
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