Who gets the food to your table?

When someone tells us that they grew up working on a farm, what image first come to mind? Little children feeding chickens in the yard? Helping mom pick peas and tomatoes?

Or young teenagers spraying pesticides on soybeans?

Our society today likes to get its food fresh, of outstanding quality, whenever and wherever it wants.  We like to buy organic when possible, exotic when available.  Starfruit in December? No problem.  Apples in July?  Of course.  We have grown accustomed to our country’s food system getting us our food at the blink of an eye.  But what happens when we take a closer look into the system that gets the food to our table?

Does it matter to us who may be toiling in the fields to harvest the fruits and vegetables we count on to feed our families? Maybe we feel that it’s beyond our control, or that if it were a serious concern, regulations would be in place to protect those people working out in the fields in the hot sun for 10, 12, or 14 hours a day.

There are numerous organizations, non-profits, and vocal individuals calling for animal rights, vegetarianism, and slaughterhouses with glass walls. They proclaim we must follow a compassionate, non-violent diet.

But, if we are to truly embrace a compassionate diet, don’t we need to include our fellow human beings in the equation?

Learn more about where your food comes from:

Food Inc.

Foodroutes.org

Farmworker Justice

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Ashlee is Assistant Editor for the Earth Current at Yoga Modern and considers herself a lifelong learner. After graduating from university with studies in Political Science and Spanish, she fell headfirst in love with yoga. She loved not only the deep physical experience yoga provides, but also its connection between mind, body, and spirit and seemingly endless opportunities to learn. Having grown up on a fruit farm in rural Maine, Ashlee resonated most with the yogic philosophy of interconnectedness and the observance of ahimsa. She takes her practice off the yoga mat by delving deeper into the interconnectedness of the global food chain, by following the thread of a simple dietary decision to its impacts on the consumer, the local economy and the local and global environments. Ashlee currently lives and teaches yoga in Dallas, Texas.

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