Wednesday, October 28, 2009

More and More Reading....

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I am an avid reader of anything having to do with farming, gardening, scientific evidence about the health benefits of natural foods vs. conventional, etc.. I don't think you can ever know enough about this stuff. Anyway, one of the sites I check out is Joel Salatin's blog. I don't read it all the time but stumbled across it today.

Joel writes about the perception of what's good and evil, (natural vs. industrial) and how people are taking sides without knowing facts, but believing propaganda. I think everyone has a right to believe whatever they want, but when only a few folks are standing up front and center (in the media that is) for natural "organic" grown foods, generally it is the loudest who gets heard. This is what is happening now with the big Ag companies. They’re loud and they have loop holes on their side to put up the smoke and mirrors about what their product really is. Commercials, false labeling, lobbing for more regulations in the name of "food safety", these are the tools used to cripple small farmers.

Speaking of propaganda and false advertising, about a month ago, Nicole was in a "Big Box" chain that sells everything from clothes and appliances to groceries. She noticed that in the grocery area, they had a huge sign up saying "Local". She said there was nothing there that was local. I guess if you mean California, Chile, or China!  But some people believe it. Probably more so that they want to believe it. But this is how the public is being manipulated. The old "You don't need to go anywhere else, we have locally produced foods right here” campaign.

I guess my shock is that someone actually believes Joel is abusing his animals because he doesn't use vaccines, chemicals, hormones, etc.  Really?? Anyway, that got me a little fired up this morning as this hits at the core of our beliefs about farming and eating healthy.

"Courage is a special kind of knowledge; the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared."

~ David Ben-Gurion

1 comment:

  1. Amen, brother!!! Speak the truth!