It’s obvious when you look at the word, that culture is part of agriculture. But what does that mean? If culture is a way of life, how many of us are participating in the culture of growing food? How many of us possess the knowledge of the land, of the animals and of the plants? When we stop to think about this, the bearers of this knowledge are few and disappearing everyday. How do we preserve this knowledge? How do we share it? Is it the knowledge of feeding oneself or the knowledge of feeding each other that we seek to preserve? Is this knowledge different? Is it the same?
The land and the people are intimately linked yet we have forgotten the land and our responsibility to be stewards of the land. How do we remember when those who can remind us disappear everyday? In preserving agricultural knowledge we preserve ourselves but do we have enough time? It’s great to say we should eat more organic food to be healthy but who will grow it? It’s a great idea to have more local farms but where is the land to do it? As long as the highest and best use of land is other things than feeding our communities where will the farms be?
However, there is a more subtle reason why agriculture has shifted to corporate control and industrialized farming and it is because of us. We the consumer drove agriculture in that direction by the choices and preferences we have about food. Only when we change the way we eat, the way we shop, the way we cook and entire way we interact with food will this paradigm change. Are you truly ready for a food revolution? Or is it just fun to talk about it? When the blaming finally stops is when true transformation will occur. Just like any true spiritual path the transformation starts from within. Cultural is constructed around what we value, so when you think about agriculture think about what it is we value as a society and everything else will fall into place