Wednesday, April 13, 2005

How Does Your Garden Grow?

I've recently been reading a wonderfully down-to-earth but inspiring collection of essays by Wendell Berry, and I'd like to share with you a quote from his essay "The Pleasures of Eating":

People who know the garden in which their vegetables have grown and know that the garden is healthy will remember the beauty of the growing plants, perhaps in the dewy first light of morning when gardens are at their best. Such a memory involves itself with the food and is one of the pleasures of eating. ... A significant part of the pleasure of eating is in one's accurate consciousness of the lives and the world from which food comes. The pleasure of eating, then, may be the best available standard of our health.

And then I came into work this morning and came across this article from The Times (UK) about Chinese farmers rioting against chemical companies' poisoning of their land.

Organic farming... both in the sense of not adding manmade chemicals to the crops and in the sense that Berry outlines, of treating the whole farm (farmer included) as an organism in which all the parts are interdependent and must be equally cared for to ensure the health of the whole... is clearly the direction we need to take, but it is difficult to face such overwhelming odds.

In the meantime, I'll carry on in my little garden patch and do my part.

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