Mouths Water. Earth Smiles.
As founders of the Eastern Long Island chapter of Slow Food, we were pleased to read Eric Schlosser’s “Slow Food for Thought” [Sept. 22]. We are fortunate to live in an area where sustainable and fair agriculture and mariculture are thriving. Our farms and vineyards are small, family owned and operated; the workers are well paid, and their labor is valued. Local eggs, cheese, mushrooms, ducks, chickens, bison and venison are readily available. Oyster farmers, baymen, lobstermen and fishermen sell their seafood to an eager market. Wendell Berry’s maxim “Eating is an agricultural act” is our mantra. We were devotees of slow food before we ever heard of it. We believe eating well is the cheapest luxury.
If, in fact, Patrick Holden’s prediction that industrial agriculture is consigned to the dustbin of history because of the cost of fossil fuels comes true, the fairness issue will have a better chance of being resolved. We can slay the beast by starvation rather than by a head-on confrontation.
MARY & TOM MORGAN
With the looming collapse of civilization, thanks to corporate greed draining all that is animal, vegetable and mineral–bringing on peak oil and global warming–there is a grassroots movement afoot relearning how to feed ourselves and use plants to heal the earth when the trucks stop delivering to Safeway and the gas pumps are empty. It is just as easy to grow an heirloom tomato as a hybrid.
Israel @ 60
Unlike the mail we customarily receive on our coverage of Israel/Palestine issues (“anti-Semites!” “mouthpiece of Hamas!” “terrorists!”), most comments on Eric Alterman’s “Israel at 60” [Sept. 22] were of a different sort (“Zionist propaganda that would make Elie Wiesel proud,” “who owns The Nation? AIPAC!). Herewith a sample.
Congratulations on Eric Alterman’s “Israel at 60″: it was well reported (I learned something), lucidly argued and full of empathy and political realism. It was also a refreshing departure from the naïve, reflexive Israel-bashing that characterizes so much of the left press–including, frankly, The Nation. Alterman did a great job; I hope this signals a change of direction for the magazine.
In “Israel at 60,” Eric Alterman–ordinarily so astute at unmasking the hidden conservatism of the mainstream media–fails to ask his respondents tough questions. Initially, the piece appears to be innocent enumeration: I paid a nostalgic visit to Israel, and here are the many, sometimes contradictory, things I was told. And, true to his agenda, Alterman does transmit varied voices, ranging from A.B. Yehoshua, who echoes Nicholas Kristof’s recent call for “tough love” for Israel, to Benny Morris advocating preventive war with Iran. He even juxtaposes some of those voices in debate with one another.