The Industrialization of our Food System

I showed this video in class yesterday.  I expect most of my fellow students could care less about the fact that the industrialization of our food system has all but stripped any nutritional value and taste from the food we eat.  Wheat is a perfect example, but the industrialization of the meat and eggs that many of us (not me!) eat is no different.

Animals raised in a non-industrial environment have far more flavor and nutrition than those raised in factory farms.  They take more care and effort to cook (as does making bread using *real* flour and fermentation), but there is no comparison.  Tyson chicken is to our rabbit like Wonder Bread is to artisanal bread.  I wish conventional chicken had to be sold with a label indicating how the animal was raised and what it ate throughout its short life.  You’d likely be appalled — then again — lots of people simply do not care.  Good thing I do, at least for the sake of Wally and me.

Driving throughout the country here — every day on my way to school, I see field after field after field planted with wheat.  Once that wheat is harvested, it will be replaced with corn and once that is harvested, soy beans. Before, during and after, the fields are sprayed with chemical fertilizers, pesticides and who-knows-what-other poison.  That’s the cycle, year after year after year.  The soil is so stripped of its vitality and so full of chemicals I cringe thinking of eating food grown in that soil.  Keep in mind, much of what is grown in these fields is for feeding animals,  but you do ultimately eat it because what the animals eat, you do too.

Wally and I are so excited to get our land prepared for growing crops.  I am off school today and the plan is to clean out some more rabbit tractors and carry the bedding out into the flat area that we will till (hopefully just one time) in preparation to grow vegetables.  The litter that is in the rabbit tractors will feed the soil which in turn will result in ultra healthy vegetables for us and those of you who make the effort to get them.

The rabbits continue to work in harmony with this farm.  They provide the manure and carbon (what hay they do not eat and their bedding) to help nurture the soil and they in turn eat the weeds that grow in the garden.  We got way too far ahead of ourselves last year with the rabbits and we had too many to possibly feed in this manner, but it is different now.  We have a manageable number — plenty to provide manure and carbon; but not too many to harvest weeds and spent vegetables for them to eat.  Things are very different here on the hill in Vale.

I recognize that it is not easy to buy things from us.  We do not always have everything in stock and it is expensive.  We are not Walmart and never will be.  Unlike what Walmart sells (even if it is certified “organic”), what we have is amazing and grown with great care and ethics.

Until later …