When life goes unexpectedly busy, I’ll occasionally share posts from my old blogs that are pertinent to this one. Enjoy!
My views on agriculture are paradoxical. I’m pro-urban gardens and not opposed to GMOs. I shop at the farmers’ market and Wal-Mart. I eat at McDonalds and the restaurant that sources organic ingredients for its menu.
Paradox. It’s my favorite word when talking about agriculture. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines paradox as something that is made up of two opposite things and that seems impossible but is actually true or possible.
Paradox. I think it’s a word we need to let shape our imagination and dialog when talking about agriculture. Consider what might happen if we allow for the possibility that our diverse views on agriculture can meld together versus offer cheap talk about consumer choice and pit our opinions against one another.
Paradox. Common ground exists between Monsanto and Michael Pollan. Case in point, check out this video below.
The overarching message is powerful for a nation that struggles with obesity and doesn’t know much about their food and where it comes from. “Eat anything you want, just cook it yourself,” Pollan explains.
Pollan makes some comments and references that rub me the wrong way. His snarky attitude about corporations vs. people and description of the modern food system are simplistic and belittling.
We have a choice. We can buy Pollan’s way of thinking and say that corporations aren’t about people and “Big Ag” is wrong. Or, we can dismiss Pollan’s valid messages because he makes us mad.
There’s a third way, too. We could dare to use our imaginations and consider where these two opposites might meet in our world.