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Thursday, January 14, 2010

there's no emoticon for what I'm feeling!


Here is where we are currently sleeping. It's like having a fireplace in my bedroom! Now if I could just figure out a way to cook in there . . .

Last night John came home from his basketball game to find me a damp, snotty mess of emotional wreckage, because I had just gotten done watching Food, Inc. (finally!). You know how this is my "all roads lead to Rome" topic, so I'll try to not get too preachy. But the fact that people can't afford to eat fruits and vegetables, that we pay for junk food even when we don't buy it, that the people who police the industry are the people who advocate for it, that there is terrible abuse being suffered by both the animals and the workers, and when you extend this realization to other industries you find that no matter what you eat or wear or do you can't spend a dollar without supporting corruption and oppression? That is very discouraging and disheartening.

Just as nutrients become useless when they are divorced from the foods in which they occur, people will not make moral decisions when they are not subject to the consequences. They will always choose efficiency and profit and exploitation over responsibility and sustainability and humanity.

Why are we like this?

3 comments:

All8 said...

All sin boils down to selfishness. The movers and shakers of the whole ugly side of the industrial "food" machine do not value much else than the $$$ that goes into their accounts and the power that they feel they wield.

So yes, you are making a difference by making the kinds of choices you do. But to be honest, our society in current conditions could not continue without industrial agriculture. It's all a pendulum and it still swings, look at you, look at me, look at the movement afoot. We are here and we influence those around us. Sometimes it's difficult to see and yet it still effects. The pendulum will swing back because even though many of mankind have forgotten that they are part of nature, we are and nature is always trying to achieve a balance. Always.

Bradford Farm CSA said...

This is Lorinda's Ambrose here. I'm finishing my degree in Sustainable Agriculture. You are right it is very difficult position.

I have found a testimony builder, the prophets have said to plant a garden and grow as much of our own food as possible. Also, buying local helps not to feed the corporate machine. While you can go to places like Whole Paycheck, I mean Whole Foods you still are feeding that corporate machine.

Maybe I shouldn't tell you, have you seen "The Future of Food" or "King Corn" or "Fresh"? Be careful on the last one there is another movie with that title and it looks to be very bad. These all paint some very scary consequences in our future!

Even with all of this and these, there is still hope. I used to be a wreck as well about it. “Action is the antidote to despair.” Wish I could say that was mine, but someone else said it. When you grow your garden, plan on giving some to your ‘neighbors’, join a CSA or food co-op, support the local farmer’s market. Have you ever looked at community gardening? One of the biggest factors that will help drive the market to more of a community based system and change in values, is diesel fuel; well its price anyway. The whole industrial food system is based on cheap fuel. When that goes, people will not be able to afford to eat, unless they are growing their own, and/or paying a local farmer to grow what they cannot grow themselves.

Sorry for being long-winded, this stuff really gets me going

Ambrose

THE WILKER CLAN said...

So I can have a job hauling gummer cows to the packing house to be dragged off the truck with a fork lift, that's why. ww