Agrarianism

Increasingly, I find my views aligning with so-called agrarians, who are predominately agrarians with (and predominately) because of their Christian faith.

I hope you will take the time to read these items and be challenged to rethink the modern mindset we all so easily and comfortably fit into.

Here are a few items and essays I’ve found recently. The most eloquent is Wendell Berry, a prominent writer, poet, and agrarian.

Farming and the Global Economy

Choice quotes:

The people who benefit from this state of affairs have been at pains to convince us that the agricultural practices and policies that have almost annihilated the farming population have greatly benefited the population of food consumers. But more and more consumers are now becoming aware that our supposed abundance of cheap and healthful food is to a considerable extent illusory. They are beginning to see that the social, ecological, and even the economic costs of such “cheap food” are, in fact, great. They are beginning to see that a system of food production that is dependent on massive applications of drugs and chemicals cannot, by definition, produce “pure food.” And they are beginning to see that a kind of agriculture that involves unprecedented erosion and depletion of soil, unprecedented waste of water, and unprecedented destruction of the farm population cannot by any accommodation of sense or fantasy be called “sustainable.”

If a safe, sustainable local food economy appeals to some of us as a goal that we would like to work for, then we must be careful to recognize not only the great power of the interests arrayed against us but also our own weakness. The hope for such a food economy as we desire is represented by no political party and is spoken for by no national public officials of any consequence. Our national political leaders do not know what we are talking about, and they are without the local affections and allegiances that would permit them to learn what we are talking about.

Marching Away From Babylon

One Response to “Agrarianism”

  1. Annie says:

    Have you read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver? It’s given me much food for thought, so much so that I’ve convinced my book group to read it with me.