Gussow, Joan Dye

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Gussow, Joan Dye Gender: F
Joan Elizabeth Dye
born on 4 October 1928 at 09:55 (= 09:55 AM )
Place Alhambra, California, 34n06, 118w08
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 11°15' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 22°04 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 01°18'


American professor, author, food policy expert, environmentalist and gardener, whom the New York Times called the "matriarch of the eat-locally-think-globally food movement."

In her classic 1978 book The Feeding Web: Issues in Nutritional Ecology, which tracked the environmental hazards of an increasingly globalizing food system, she foreshadowed by several decades the current interest in relocalizing the food supply. This manifesto has also made her one of the most influential people in food thinking. She has influenced the likes of Barbara Kingsolver, Michael Pollan, and Marion Nestle.

Her subsequent books include The Nutrition Debate (1986), Chicken Little, Tomato Sauce and Agriculture (1991), and This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader (2001), the latter based on the lessons learned from transitioning to growing virtually all of her own food at the home she shared with her husband in Piermont, New York; her husband, Alan, died while she was writing the book. Her 2010 book, Growing, Older, is as its subtitle suggests, a garden-based collection of “reflections on death, life and vegetables”.

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  • Relationship : Marriage 1956 (Alan Gussow)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1978 (Book, "The Feeding Web")

Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield, copy on file.


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (BA, MEd, EdD)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Alan Gussow, artist)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social (Environmentalist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Vocation : Misc. : Outdoor vocations (Gardener)