I really cannot just accept this reality and move on. Nor should any of us. What do you think about when you are in a grocery store when you are picking out the fresh produce you want and then the meat or fish? Most of the time we are just considering the best choice. Sometimes we complain to ourselves about the price. Some of the more environmentally conscious amongst us will check to see how far it has travelled to get to this display.
I often look at the display and am totally in awe. This is just one display of – say – tomatoes and there are scores of displays like this just in my area. And that is so all over North America and the rest of the world! And then I think about how many places I see that grow this stuff in my area that I have noticed. Not many! Certainly not enough to supply even a few of the displays in my neighbourhood, never mind in winter!
Our society has developed ways to farm the enormous amount of produce we need to feed us and get it from the farms to our displays so we can buy it and feed ourselves. Fresh! All year long! At prices that amaze me when I think of the entire process! Goodness!
I have seen stickers that say something like “if you ate today, thank a farmer”. I would add that we thank a trucker, a pilot, a factory worker who makes the machinery, a worker who makes the containers, the entrepreneurs who establish and maintain the venues to display the produce for us, and so on! The list is huge.
Then I noticed a huge wall of bagged earth. At one store! And there are hundreds of displays like this just in my area. Where is all that earth coming from? Are we leaving enough to allow for farming nearby? Just another majour WOW!
My point in sharing this today is simple. Take a moment to think just a bit about what our time here on earth is all about. What is amazing and awesome to you? What impact are we having on the land? Be in awe of what we each have and are able to do. Share just a bit more with those who are having a rougher time. And for sure – stop and take time to smell the flowers and feel the warmth of the sun on your face. Eat your vegetables and think about what it took to get to your table and the tables of the rest of your city!