Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Blown away! Wendell Berry's "The Pleasure of Eating"

Wendell Berry's essay "The Pleasure of Eating" articulates many of the things I often think about. Berry articulates these ideas brilliantly, of course! Here are a few of the sentences/ideas that just blew me away!

"I begin with the proposition that eating is an agricultural act. Eating ends the annual drama of the food economy that begins with planting and birth." 

"The specialization of production induces specialization of consumption."

"When food, in the minds of eaters, is no longer associated with farming and with the land, then the eaters are suffering a kind of amnesia that is misleading and dangerous." 

"There is, then, a politics of food that, like any politics, involves our freedom."

"The condition of the passive consumer of food is not a democratic condition."

"One reason to eat responsibly is to live free."

"The trap is the ideal of industrialism: a walled city surrounded by valves that let merchandise in but no consciousness out." 

"How does one escape this trap? Only voluntarily, the same way that one went in: by restoring one's consciousness of what is involved in eating; by reclaiming one's responsibility for one's own part in the food economy."

"...how we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used." 

"The industrial farm is said to have been patterned on the factory production line. In practice, it looks more like a concentration camp." 

"The pleasure of eating, then, maybe the best available standard of our health."

"Eating with the fullest pleasure--pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance--is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world."

**P.S. Just the other day I watched with delight "Cook it Yourself" --a short video narrated by Michael Pollan.



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