Connecting The Dots

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Tired fields

Mary Johnson - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

We are off on a sojourn down to the US to visit our #2 son. We love the opportunity to take our time winding our way through new territory to the latest place Johnnie makes his home. Time in the car always give me space to think about things. You see things that can take you down different thought processes. 

Our route this time took us through southern Idaho. I was shocked by the conditions of the fields. Specifically the colour of the soil. Field over field, the soil colour was a cafe au lait. Light milky brown. Not dark brown and no where was the soil a rich black. Both my husband and I were taken back. The soil is tired. So very tired. I’m thinking it requires a large amount of fertilizer to produce the onions, potatoes and lima beans, etc. that comes of there. Yearly planting means the soil never gets to rest. 

Away went my thinking went to how I get when too much is asked of me. How I begin to get over done. Often I turn to caffeine and sugary things to get me through. Lots of us do that. Push our selves and use unhealthy things to get use through. Not great stuff to fuel a body. Struck me there are parallels with the fields that now our food. Is using artificial fertilizers better? What about forcing the soil to produce year over year without a break? This isn’t good practice. Certainly it’s not good stewardship of the land. 

This then got me contemplating the quality of the food I eat and serve our family and friends. Is it really good food? In looking at those fields I’m no longer sure. We are often told by dieticians and nutrition experts that you get all of the nutrients you need from a regular diet. Don’t need to take extra vitamins or supplements. Though taking or not taking a vitamin isn’t the issue. The bigger picture is how can we produce our food in a way that is less taxing on our lands. Once upon a time crop rotation and letting field go fallow for a year or two allowed the soil to recover. Certainly it’s not about feeding the hungry. We throw away an incredible amount of food! Now it’s about profits.

When you don’t see where your food is grown you can get lulled into a false sense of thinking all is well. That I can get any kind of food almost any time of the year. That this can keep going. The drive through that farming area was a wake up call that we are, on many fronts, pushing the boundaries of what we are asking of Mother Earth. I know it’s got me thinking, …… 

Doug commented on 06-May-2019 04:27 PM
I watched them plow under a field of lettuce in Yuma. It had rained and was too wet to pick for a few days. The heads had grown over the acceptable size and no longer fit in the boxes. So they plowed the field under.

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