What kind of food citizen are you? I had a dream last night that I was giving a presentation to my conservation icons (Joe Riis, Mary Ellen Hannibal, Kat Anderson, Michael Pollen...you were there too @charles_post ). It was all about food systems and habitat fragmentation. About how my long road studying ecology, genetically modified agriculture and as a permaculture designer eventually led me to hunting.
My second season deer hunting this year was excruciating. I learned more about what lies ahead on this difficult learning path than maybe I ever hoped. However, even with its challenges — there is no shying away; only refinement and study.
This method of food system management is where I find the most alignment. I’d rather tend the wild and protect layered habitat than participate in creating a patchwork of disconnected farmlands run by diesel, chemicals, and artificial life cycles. Hunting and regenerative agriculture are my choices.
It is important we all find our place within the food system. Vegan, vegetarian, omnivore — to each their own. But — know your role. Know how much land mass supports your diet. How many people are involved? Do they have safe working conditions? Are they paid a fair wage? Does the runoff from the farm pollute nearby waterways and riparian habitat? Food brings us together globally in an instant. What kind of food citizen are you? Photo @jaineedial