When you care about what you eat – eat sustainably farmed food. This charming video visually captures the deterioration of modern farming to factory farming, and back again. It’s made quite an emotional journey by the addition of Willie Nelson’s cover of “The Scientist.” In fact, don’t have any sharp objects nearby – the middle of this video is pretty depressing!
What’s sustainable farming?
Wikipedia tells us:
Sustainable agriculture is the practice of farming using principles of ecology, the study of relationships between organisms and their environment. It has been defined as “an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will last over the long term:
- Satisfy human food and fiber needs
- Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends
- Make the most efficient use of non-renewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls
- Sustain the economic viability of farm operations
- Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.”
In brief, sustainable farming is just better for you, and better for the planet.
Tell me more about sustainable farming!
A most accessible book that I read and recommend is The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. In this book, Pollan describes truly unique and cutting-edge sustainable farming by modern old-school pioneers like Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms.
My daughter discovered this book in college and I credit it with greatly improving her health and mood. She had been vegetarian for a few years and had grown sickly and depressed. Pollan’s book convinced her that it could be morally OK to eat meat. I believe this was a life-changing decision for her.
If you do well on a vegetarian diet, keep at it. But my experience with my own diet in my 20’s, and my daughter’s diet, is that we just need meat. And in my case, plenty of it! This aligns with the current thinking on “eat like your ancestors.” My heritage is French and German, and I never felt better than eating rich, meat-and-fat-laden French food while on a 3-week vacation in France. I highly recommend you investigate the Paleo diet, caveman diet, no grain diet – whatever you wish to call it! When I started this diet 5 years ago, Dr. Mercola called it the “Protein Metabolic Type Diet.” Whatever you call it, I’ve found it to be most healthful.
So show me the video already!
Farming to Factory Farming to Sustainable Farming [Chipotle Grammy Video]
At Chipotle’s price points, it’s hard for me to imagine how sustainably farmed their ingredients are – or if it’s just greenwashing. But I’m glad this fun video is bringing attention to the important issue of being good stewards of our Earth – for our health, that of and future generations.
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