Agrication - [Ag-ri-kay-shun]; 1. Verb; The act of educating people about their food source and why the industrial food complex is doing the exact opposite. 2. Noun; One who takes a weeks vacation from their full time, off farm income job, to work full-time on the farm.
Iowa recently passed a law called the "Ag-Gag". This law makes it illegal to go into large animal farms and slaughterhouses, undercover, to document animal and environmental abuses. Seems the big concentrated animal farms are tired of being exposed for the deplorable conditions and actions employees take at their corporations. Other states have tried to pass similar legislation and thankfully, have not succeeded. This legislation was conceived and sponsored by ALEC. ALEC stands for the American Legislative Exchange Council and is funded by some major fortune 500 companies. What does ALEC do? Basically it writes legislative briefs or whitepapers and lobbies for causes that benefit its sponsors. Their sole reason for existence is to influence politicos.
All you need to know is the two middle words of their name. Legislative Exchange, broken down; legislative stands for laws, exchange stands for what the corporations get from those changes in the law. Okay, maybe I am the only one that sees the correlation between the former and the latter but it is too rich not to draw the conclusion or collusion if you will. ALEC by the way was the chief architect of the “Stand Your Ground” laws.
We have always been big into Agrication. Besides being an environmentally sustainable operation our mission includes education. We hold educational tours, seminars, speaking engagements and hands on classes. More and more I am talking to people that get it and are asking informed questions. Ten years ago conversations with customers centered on the type of vegetables and how they tasted. Today people are more likely to talk about sourcing their food and sustainability. I get plenty of questions about chemicals, general gardening, insects, native plants, humane farming, poly-cultures, colony collapses and other aspects of fruit and vegetable growing. Agrication forms the backbone of helping people understand why industrial farming is harming our environment, making people ill and affecting the ecology negatively. Our intent is to inform, if people decide to support their local farmers then in a big way the surrounding community has benefited.
We are in a major shift in our society’s way of viewing food and sustenance. Books covering topics such as living off local food and sourcing your food have been great sellers and continue to be referenced. This has to happen if our future generations are to live in an environment that will not harm them because they breathe, eat or drink water.
We all owe due diligence for our future generations, we cannot be so shortsighted and profit driven that we rape the very earth that will sustain our future family. We learned from the dust bowl, why cannot we learn from castrated bullfrogs, feminized bass, upper-respiratory issues, food-borne allergies, illnesses, anti-biotic resistant bacteria and sometimes death. What will it take?
Buy Local: There is too much at stake not to.