Food is Medicine: Recovering Traditional Foods to Heal the People

Nov 15th, 2005 | By | Category: 17-2: Sustainability, Media Reviews

FOOD IS MEDICINE COVERby Winona LaDuke with Sarah Alexander
Honor the Earth and White Earth Land Recovery Project (2005)
67 pages
Softcover, $5.00 from

Review by Holly Ristau

This monograph is full of valuable information for the patron interested in natural nutrition, the history of harmful agricultural policies, genetic engineering, and recovery.

The booklet highlights communities that are working to restore traditional agriculture as an answer to the problems of diabetes and malnutrition. It also shows the link between traditional foods, the health of the people, and the health of our ecosystems.

The booklet is factual, well-documented, and includes an excellent resource guide. It is also attractive, illustrated with a combination of sepia-toned photographs and a picture done by artist James Simon Mishibinijima gracing the cover. Situations at the Navajo, Tohono O’odham, Salt River Pima, White Earth, Oneida-Tsyunhehkwa, Diné, and Bad River Reservations are all addressed.

Holly Ristau is the librarian for Mahnomen Public Schools and the Mark Warren Memorial Library at the White Earth Tribal and Community College in Mahnomen, MN.

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