My friend Marian is out of town this week so I was the lucky recipient of her CSA share from New Terra Farms. Marian, don’t take this the wrong way but… please go out of town every week.
Look at this bountiful harvest! Tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, soybeans, okra, cucumber, squash. Glorious day.
Back around last Christmas I read a book called Plenty, which sparked my local Carolina food challenge earlier this summer. It’s an intriguing look at the impact modern agriculture has had on what we eat and when, and I recommend it to everyone.
Just as I don’t think that everyone in the world has to be a vegetarian because that’s what I think is right for me, I don’t think everyone in the world has to eat food grown only in their backyards. I do, however, think that people who choose to eat factory farmed meat should understand where it comes from and how it gets to their plates. The same goes, then, for people who choose to eat factory farmed produce. Because let’s be honest, we self righteous vegetarians love to get onto meat eaters about all the trouble they’re causing dear Mother Earth, but we neglect to address similar problems resulting from the mass production of fruits, vegetables and grains.
I am by no means saying that I eat in a way that leaves no impact on the environment or field workers or the economy, but I am saying that it’s important to educate yourself on the issues and make the best choices you can. I’m also not saying I’m vehemently anti-modern agriculture. Advances in agriculture are what drive away famine, forge new industries and new jobs and make food available in places where it otherwise isn’t.
You all know I’ll be the first to eat a plate of quinoa from Peru, avocado from Mexico and coconut from a rainforest I’ve never heard of without venturing farther than my local Trader Joe’s. BUT the farther away our food is farmed, the farther we’re pulled away from what we have right here at home, which, as it turns out, is plenty.
Just some food for thought. Articles of interest: