Rachel Peden has recently received some good coverage in The Herald Times and Bloom magazine. So why is she all the rage lately? As her son Joe Peden told The Herald Times, Rachel Peden was "ahead of her time" because she wrote about green issues long before there was even a green movement. However, the three books that Peden published had fallen out of print. Recognizing the relevance of Peden's work for today's readers, IU Press has re-issued Rural Free and The Land, The People. (A third book, Speak to the Earth, will be released next year.) Here are some of my favorite passages from Peden's works:
From Rural Free: "Do we really need these bumblebees?"
This is a classic example of why Peden was ahead of her time. She knew how important the bees were to our existence before anyone was talking about colony collapse disorder!
From The Land, The People: "The Fulness of Maple Grove"
In this brief excerpt of the longer essay, Peden covers everything from population growth and distribution of resources to urbanization and land loss. Again, timely topics.
What are some of your favorite Rachel Peden quotes or passages?