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American Harvest by Marie Mutsuki Mockett

American Harvest

God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland

Marie Mutsuki Mockett

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Imprint: Graywolf Press
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 7 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781644450178
4 stars out of 5
Patti Waldmeir
22 Apr 2020

"this author has the kind of deft touch with the English language that would make me read a book by her, no matter what it was about"

Every page of this (slightly too long) book is suffused with the struggle to comprehend, without condescending. Mutsuki Mockett tries to achieve the near impossible: to spend months travelling through middle America with an itinerant wheat harvesting crew, debating with them about God, race, history and genetically modified food, without alienating them or betraying her soul in the process. She only partly succeeds. She sets out to answer one specific question, and some that will take a lifetime to settle. Why do all her atheist friends in the city shop only for organic non-GMO food, while most religious farmers in the Midwest have no problem tinkering with God’s creation by genetically modifying anything that boosts harvests?