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The book’s subtitle is arguably the most lucent phrase in the entire 200+ pages: Invest as if food, farms and fertility matter. The author acknowledges as much when he writes  that “this collection of essays lacks [a] coherent narrative”and that the reader should “not be surprised to find, in these pages, a strong interest in language, and, even, in the literary.”

But I like Tasch’s observations about the detachments, disconnects and dissonance in our world. First, money “has become so detached from people, place, and the activities that it is financing that not even the experts understand it fully.” How disconnected many foundations’ goals and programs are from how their fund managers invest the foundation’s capital in the market. And “the dissonance between changes we are trying to effect ‘out there’ (through political action, advocacy, philanthropy, or investing) and how we live our daily lives.”

Slow money seeks to be a complement to the slow food movement, leveraging investments with longer horizons, greater localization and true pursuit of other than financial performance. Ultimately, I understand, it is about the fertility of the topsoil, and hence “we must be pro-earthworm,” writes Tasch. I am not arguing with that.

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