I am presently steeped in the Omnivore’s Dilemma. Part 1, Industrial Corn, is as compelling and enraging as all the information I already have on industrial food—the unjust, inhumane, and nearly absolute destruction of our planet through capricious, unscrupulous, calculated big fat American business, supported by our government, or, dare I say, military industrial complex to borrow from George Naylor.
And now, beginning Part 2 Pastoral Grass, I feel a deep sense of restoration—I’ve only begun the first chapter in this section. I think I already know the problem well enough. I think I know some of the solutions as well. So it is very contenting to begin this section.
And so I get poking around online this morning and learn of two films on the subject, and I’m encouraged. I must find some screenings.
Both of the above movies include Michael Pollan, author of Omnivore’s Dilemma, as well as Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farms—described by Pollan in Part 2 of Omnivore’s Dilemma, Rod Dreher’s Crunchy Cons, and more.
These films are part of the growing movement, the taking back of our food and our lives from the machine.
I plan to highlight this topic more this Fall semester in my INTG course. I got one group turned on to it last semester. For their Group Advocacy Project, they volunteered time at Silver Lake Nature Center (http://www.silverlakenaturecenter.org/) to restore the community garden plots. They researched the issues of food, the food industry, and alternatives, and presented basic facts in a brochure for local residents. Before the plots were ready for planting, all had been subscribed—REAL CHANGE through REAL ADVOCACY.
There is a movement.