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More from "Fields of Plenty"

...Rethinking how our society
participates in the food system, where food is produced and by whom, and what scale it is grown on.

Aaron says that he thinks the best way to get America back into agriculture is to turn it into a spectator sport.

These two quotations go back to a point of Sohodojo's that I have often mentioned in my blog posts: that shopping can and should be an experience in itself. Michael Ableman, the author of "Fields of Plenty" firmly believes in this himself. He stresses the importance of knowing who made your food, how it was made, where it was made. There should be a connection, he says, between yourself and your food.

"Applying Mixed Reality to Entertainment" and Sohodojo

"Applying Mixed Reality to Entertainment," an article written by Christopher Stapleton, Charles Hughes, Michael Moshell, Paulius Micikevicius, and Marty Altman, discusses how the combination of virtual objects with reality will allow users to enjoy a "rich fantasy experience."

The successful adoption of new technologies for entertainment applications depends on finding creative models that spark the imagination and generate demand. Developers must then apply these creative conventions to diverse business models, including theme parks, arcades, museums, and infotainment.

"Fields That Dream: A Journey to the Roots of Our Food"

Fields That Dream: A Journey to the Roots of Our FoodFields That Dream: A Journey to the Roots of Our FoodI have spent some time over the last couple days reading Jenny Kurzweil's Fields That Dream: A Journey to the Roots of Our Food. Kurzweil describes the state of state of American agriculture through the lives of a number of small-scale farmers.

In addition to being well-written, Kurzweil's portrayal of the lives of these farmers is striking. From a Mexican family who immigrated to the States to make enough money to survive, to a chef who left his home and job to pursue life on a farm, to a couple who cannot leave their house for more than two hours at a time for fear of leaving their animals without care, each farmer has a story to tell.

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