I apologize it’s been so long since I’ve posted. It seems I have so much to say, but don’t know where to start or how to say it. No worries, luckily (or unfortunately) winter is right around the corner and that means a lot of time indoors to contemplate and write.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving and especially in light of all the division in our wonderful country due to recent political events, I thought I would share something I heard on a podcast a few weeks ago.
I so wish I could give proper credit to whoever said this quote, but I know I was listening to Herdmark Media’s Story of Agriculture podcast and the guest on that particular episode said something that has stuck with me. The basic gist of what he said was that though agriculturalists have a lot of ground to make up as far as telling the story of what really happens on farms to gain consumer trust, the one thing that both groups can be thankful for is that we as Americans can be so grateful that we have the choice as to what food we put in our bodies. And I don’t mean whether you want to drive through McDonalds and grab a Quarter Pounder or order a large pepperoni pizza from Pizza Hut, I mean that if someone doesn’t want to eat dairy, they have alternative options. We all as individual people and families can choose whether we eat dairy free, gluten free, paleo, organic, vegetarian, vegan, or anything in between.
Stop and think about that for a second. What other country can say that? I’m not going to assume I know, but I don’t think many, if any, other countries have the full range of diet choices like we do due to our industrial, technological, and scientific advancement in food processing. It’s really amazing.
Heck, we are so advanced in alternative diet options that there are entire stores dedicated to a certain kind of diet or food type!
So while you are pondering your list of what you are thankful for this year, think about the food you are blessed to nourish your body with, and that your relative sitting across from you at the Thanksgiving table has the wonderful opportunity to not eat the same as you if he/she so chooses. America is truly a great country and one to behold in all it’s glory.
Happy Thanksgiving all!