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BY ROGER THUROW

REVIEWED BY TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER

Last Hunger Season by Roger ThurowYour eyes are bigger than your stomach because for lunch you ordered a sandwich, salad, a side dish and drink at the local deli. About halfway through the meal, you feel stuffed- you wad up the meal, slurp the rest of your drink, and throw the rest away. Excessive food waste – not many think about it while they are tossing extra food in the trash or “super-sizing” their meal – but this novel might make you think twice - The Last Hunger Season by Roger Thurow.

Andrew Youn is a man with seemingly unlimited energy. Journalist Roger Thurow met Youn described as a “skinny, bespectacled… geek from Minnesota” during a snowstorm in Chicago, where Youn told Thurow about the farmers he’d met in Kenya in the early 2000s. Youn explained that Kenya’s use of ancient farming traditions led to wanjala (hunger time) and starvation because of a lack of access to modern methods of planting.

August 30, 2012 3:58 pm

Duncan Family Farms

One of the many farms in Arizona that supplies our community, restaurants, even our schools, is Duncan Family Farms. Arnott Duncan, a fourth-generation Arizona farmer, and his wife Kathleen have been farming the land in Goodyear, AZ for 22 years. They are known for growing a variety of certified organic lettuces, greens, vegetables and herbs.

“We believe that for our farm to be a sustainable member of the community, our agricultural practices must support long-term maintenance of well-being, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and encompasses the concept of community sustainability. The farm has grown and changed during those years, but our mission has remained the same since day one,” Arnott said.

The Duncan family lives by a simple motto: At Duncan Family Farms, we believe that our primary responsibility is to produce healthy, life-giving food. We are also committed to making a strong contribution to an improved environment, and giving back to our community.

February 15, 2012 11:53 am