Glorious Real Food
As the days of sun and high temperatures have fallen into a pause, we are enjoying a cooler 70 degrees with a forecast of possible drizzle! These gifts of weather in the middle of our farming season are quite rejuvenating, giving our weary bodies a slight rest. Every couple of months, I like to dive into a new environmental book, which has become quite difficult to choose as the list of new issues immensely grows out of control. Currently, I am finishing up Breakpoint: Reckoning with America’s Environmental Crises by Jeremy B. C. Jackson and Steve Chapple. I am struck intimately with one chapter in particular titled “Food Versus Fuel.” In this chapter, there is a great comparison of Iowa and California as the top two states for total cash value of its agricultural products, which, according to recent reports from the US Department of Ag, was $31 billion for Iowa and $43 billion for California. As pointed out by the authors, “California is 3 times larger than Iowa but Iowa has 15 percent more active agricultural land than California. California grows an abundant variety of food for people to eat whereas Iowa grows industrial quantities of two crops, corn and soy…reaching the dinner tables—and engines—as something else.”
This passage really hit home as our sweet 130+ acre farm enters into its most abundant production time of the year. We are booming with beans, blueberries, lettuces, broccoli, summer squash, zucchini, rainbow carrots, beets, fennel and cabbage. The list is amazing and growing. Our premise has always been to grow organic food as much as possible to feed our community, so why would anyone grow corn and soy to produce biofuels? Because, as you would guess, that’s where the money lies. Sadly, industrial corn and soy, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and the overwhelming federal subsidies for ethanol production for our cars brings big bucks. Simply put in this book “Biofuel production in America has become one of the greatest scams in modern history”.
So, when it comes to food versus fuel in our world, we are 110% food only. Our sweet corn from the Pacific Northwest will never be anything other than delicious on your table, non-GMO, organic, glorious real food.
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