Happy 1/1/11! (Can’t wait ’til 10 days when I can add another 1 to that!)
Like most people on New Years, I’ve been thinking more and more about what I have done in the past and what more I can achieve in the future. This holiday break has given me time to bone up on some of Michael Pollan’s works- The Omnivore’s Dilemma and The Botany of Desire. Reading them has really given me a more concrete foundation in why I believe so strongly in Wild Roots and local and sustainable farming.
In Desire, he points out that plants are intertwined with humans, more so than we ever thought. We may think that we manipulate plants, but really it is the plants who, to insure their survival, please our most basic desires (beauty- tulip, sweetness- apple, intoxication- marijuana, and control- potato), thereby making humans act as pollinators- domesticating and growing these crops in a mutually beneficial relationship.
We are truly tangled in nature’s web. There’s just no getting around it. So what better way to embrace our place in nature than to become like a bee and help pollinate these species- we receive sustenance and the species continues to flourish.
So, for the new year, I am excited to float like a butterfly and pollinate like a bee.