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February 22nd, 2007

11:02 am: Hungry Planet - What the World Eats by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Alusio
I first heard of this from Rivka's review and she was not happy that it didn't point out the nutrition, or lack thereof. I was still interested enough to check it out of the library and noted that someone else must have gotten hungry while they read it because the remains of a cracker, oil and all, were smushed between two pages.

The difference in what a family eats in a week varies dramatically, not too unexpectedly. It was the smaller changes that really got me. In the US, a woman says she's trying to get away from canned and packaged food, but almost all her food is packaged. In rescue camps, they get just barely enough to survive, but can work to buy vegetables. Aren't vegetables necessary?

The book includes stats on each area covered including the price of a Big Mac, if there are any, and even if you're not interested in that, the photos are really great.

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11:05 am: Handywork
The handyman who is here turns out to be Asatru, fond of Irish songs & pubs, and bipolar. He's doing a good job, and assuming everything holds up, I'd hire him again.

I've refilled the birdfeeder, I think the squirrels were ready to eat the milk-jug plastic of the feeder. I'm planning on taking the trash & recycling out when he's done.

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