Local Sustainable Produce Priority: Our Sales Pitch
We recognize the importance of our primary industry suppliers. Let’s not forget that growing produce is a primary, a life sustaining endeavor after all. Without the land, which is such an integral part of life we humans could not sustain our health and vitality as made possible through the primary industries. Too often however, food production is associated with industrialization, and the mechanics of the secondary functions of the food industry. The resulting destruction of culture and the land is not really appropriate and not at all needed to produce the luxuries we all desire. Luxuries like delicious tasty fermented and cultured foods.
Food was never meant to become an industrialized product. When food is seen as merely a commercial industrialized product, mechanical processes are set in motion which are all too caught up in the business of creating nice looking numbers for the benefit of a few shareholders, but destroy the vitality of food and the cultures they sustain. These nice numbers produced by the mechanical minds at corporate headquarters are achievable only through exploiting the earth and the humans that consume these industrialized products which I hesitate to call food. In contrast Fermented and cultured foods food contain a vast diversity of life.
By using alternative life sustaining, traditional means of preparing food which enhance the availability of nutrients and add biodiversity and life, Fermaculture allows the natural processes of balance existent in nature to thrive and create a healthy, stable and delicious product. Since the time of creation, to flourish abundantly, and breach the gap between us humans and the availability of food vitality which has gone missing through the industrialization of food processing we see it as our challenge to help restore the imbalance. This is a challenge of the process of food production as much as it is a challenge to create a desired final product.
- F Schumacher was a leading thinker in what is now the green movement decades ago said the fundamental principle of agriculture “is that it deals with life, that is to say with life giving substances” which he showed were an opposite set of priorities to that of industry. Like life and death, agriculture and industry are as completely at odds with one another. When we fail to recognize the difference and the balance required between these opposing forces, and reduce agriculture to an industrialized process, we in doing do indeed reap what we sow in terms of of health, vitality and sustainability. We die.
Creating very predictable yields and profits for shareholders is also usually achieved by assuming the very Earth that produces the crops is not of any value and does not feature in any of the profit and loss graphs. Profits are realized when machinery and technology are set to work at systematically extracting resources from the earth with little regard to the life within, the sustainability of the practices, or giving back. Unfortunately, humans are also caught up in this soul-destroying complex and work tends to become quite mechanical, uninteresting, not creative, and as life destroying as the food produced. All done this is done as a means of satisfying the idol of corporate production and the all important profit. This phenomenon has become well recognized over time as the result of mans attempt to tame nature instead of stewarding, working with and respecting God’s great creation which inevitably will provide all we need in any case.
We humans are a part of this web of life; but unfortunately when we set ourselves against life sustaining creation and dismiss ecological practices in favour of quick profits, the results are nothing short of disastrous. The consequences if industrialized food production are not increased wealth for all as is becoming increasingly evident each day, and is reflected in the health of the people who consume these products and the landscapes which produce them. We reap the fruits of the undernourished, withering spirit in which planting took place in barren fields.
The all too often repeated assertion that industrialized food production is our savior because it produces wealth fails to recognize the degree of divergence and the costs involved. The capital cost to the topsoil which it destroys in it’s highly inefficient processes, the loss of beauty to the landscapes which are farmed, loss of vitality to the foods which are produced, the loss of interesting creative, non mechanical jobs on farms. the loss of life, the loss of stability to the landscape and rural communities. To destroy topsoil for short term gain of a few luxuries for a few individuals at the top of the greed chain is hardly an ethical food production method, nor does it produce what it is intended to.
Ironically, when farms are put to work in order to serve “the economy” which is said to have the spin off of serving all of us the reality it is the inverse that is produced. The greed economy seeks to create luxuries in consumables that make us happy: by giving us vitality health, by looking and tasting good, and by trying to make for a more stable environment, but operates well outside the spirit of nature and care for others. By choosing greed over the spirit of generosity which could produce abundance we pay a high opportunity cost, and sacrifice the fruits which truly belong to our children, and our children’s’ children .
More and more people are realizing the hypocrisy involved in the false truth claims that greed is the best way, while seeing that it is really not too hard to create an alternative sustainable shift and embrace the natural processes which are truly efficient. The real truth is that life creates life and by simply using sustainable practices the evidence suggests we the people can easily have victory over the machine like thinking devoid of answers. The intelligence to make the needed changes is already abundantly available in the ways of nature and in the ideas that work with these principles.