Book Review for "The Edible Ecosystem Solution" by Zach Loeks
I give this book 9 out of 10 acorns.
By John Saltveit
This is a very intelligent book. It gives a big picture view of edible ecosystems. As the title suggests, it shows several ways in which we can develop our resilience. By increasing the ability to feed people well, limiting toxins, finding work for people, and organizing our culture, we can live well in harmony with the planet. It talks about the situation that we are currently in relating to our soils, the oceans, and our food. It explains various ways in which many of our required actions for us to live on this planet in a healthy way can be created through environmental stewardship. One of the big contributions of this book is to highlight the many positive benefits that viable ecosystems can do for us. They will benefit us not only in our health and environmentally, but in our abundance and even financially as well. There are several different sections of the book. They involve such topics as design, our current problematic model, and how we can work through these roadblocks in ways that will be enjoyable and fulfilling. Several examples of both positive and negative responses are listed. It is not only an informative book, but it is also inspiring. The illustrations help the reader to conceptualize the ideas that the author is promoting. The only criticism I would make of the book is that I would have made more in-depth lists of possible guilds for each major ecosystem, such as for taiga, temperate, Mediterranean, maritime, and subtropical. This book will help you understand how we can solve the problems we have, but it will also help you explain to others how we can make the world a better place together.