Monday, October 3, 2011

Enough and More

I continue to see documentaries about the blatant disregard for the natural order and progression of  things agricultural in the name of larger and more easily harvested mono-cultures. It seems that the health and wealth of the soil itself is of little or no import; the plan seems to be to simply pour on enough man made fertilizer to support one years crop, over and over again. This is not a sustainable way to produce food or care for the land that carries it.  When we are witness to this intense pressing of big business, agricultural and otherwise, for always more and more growth, more expansion, more and more rapid depletion of the earth's resources at whatever cost, it is imperative that we speak out for a broader, kinder, more just and more compassionate vision. The bottom line is not how much money can be made each quarter; the bottom line is can we survive on the earth in a sustainable relationship with nature.

Protest that endures, I think, is moved by a hope far more modest than that of public success: namely, the hope of preserving qualities in one’s own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquiescence. -Wendell Berry

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