Whenever anyone asks me why we decided to start farming I always tell them about reading The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan and then Joel Salatin's books on farming. Michael's book is the WHY and Joel's are the HOW. Last week there was a deeper question.“What in Michael Pollan's book caused you to look deeper? Many people have read it and did not start a farm.”
The answer is simple: Justice. I am big on what is right. Not necessarily what is legal. It might be legal to run a feed lot but that doesn’t make it right. It might be legal to grow GMO corn but that doesn’t make it right.
My philosophy on justice is not a new one but a strong one for me. I don’t force my will upon others and wish our world would do the same.
We are all one. Love is love. Nothing more or less. Anything outside of love is based in fear. Everything short of that is greed at some level. Greed in the name of money, property, lack of accountability and responsibility. Greed that is allowed to flourish because we are afraid or willfully ignorant to insist our leaders solve problems from a global perspective not a local or individual perspective.
We have to choose to do what is right, not what is easy. The book helped me see what is right.
What did you choose today?