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Lions Roar : July 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2007 24 or too pressed by duty to neglect his work of spinning thread for an hour or more every day. Spinning thread was his bread work, and my bread work is the work of making my food. It’s why I feel both eager and devout when I hoe the ground or pull weeds, and I don’t ever want to think of myself as too important to do those things. Bread work is what makes us both human and holy. In your opinion, why don’t more people buy local food? A hundred years ago, everybody did. So it’s more a question of why we lost that. I think if humanity is lucky enough to look back on this era, we’ll see the second half of the twentieth cen- tury as a bizarre aberration, where suddenly we burnt an enor- mous amount of fossil fuel to ship perishable vegetables from one end of the globe to the other in an extremely careless way. My grandkids will look back and say, “They burnt fossil fuels to bring watermelons from Chile to the United States? What were they thinking?” This odd idea that we’re entitled to eat any fruit or vegetable in any season is going to end, though, because cheap fuel is a limited-time-only proposition. And what about organic food, or at the very least, fresh food? Why don’t more people buy stuff that’s good for them? Our tax dollars subsidize junk food. Vegetable farmers are not subsidized, but every year billions of dollars go to subsidize com- modity crops such as corn and soybeans, which are primarily used as ingredients of processed foods and as animal feed for feed-lot meat. Furthermore, besides not being subsidized, organic- vegetable farmers have to pay for the oversight that ensures their farms are organic, which is crazy. Do beef farmers have to pay for the USDA oversight that inspects their meat plants? No, we the taxpayers do. It’s funny; a lot of people think, “Oh well, naturally healthy food costs more than fast food,” but that’s not the case. It’s something we have created. You’ve done a lot of human rights’ work. How does the local food movement impact farmers in developing countries? Transporting food all over the world is very profitable for oil companies and for food processors and shippers. It is not very profitable for third world farmers. Most third world farmers work for large corporations—I don’t like to name names, but... The usual suspects. Yes, a handful of multinationals that often pay slave wages to farmers who have been essentially forced to work for them be- cause they’ve lost their land. The better deal for farmers would always be to grow food for themselves and their communities. Most middle-class consumers understand that buying sneakers made by child labor does not help the children working in sweat- shops. Well, we’re eating sweatshop foods. By strengthening our local food economies, we will ultimately allow people in other countries to do the same. ♦