We Gave Up This for TV and Videogames?!
Any spare time we have had over the last two weeks has gone to tilling, planting, watering, chicken coop building, and related activities. In one of these planting sessions, Jim made the above comment “We gave up THIS for TV and videogames?” The more we learn about growing our own food and the industrial food system the more we are compelled to really know where our food came from. Not just was it organically grown but what was its life really like. There’s a lot of marketing ploy mumbo jumbo out there you see often: all natural, cage free, grass fed, etc. Companies know these labels will sell their product and commonly do the bare minimum to get them on their packaging. Which is why we encourage everyone to grow your own food, talk to your farmer yourself, or better yet, go visit the farm. How else will you know what you are really eating?
I could go on and on about this but the great farmer and writer, Wendell Berry, does it so much better in his essay The Pleasure of Eating. I highly recommend giving the whole essay a read but this excerpt summarizes why we are so convinced that it is important for our own health and the health of the world to know the source of our food.