Saturday, November 28, 2009

NY Times: Barn Raising

A great story about a chicken farmer in California who lost two of her chicken houses (and 1,200 chickens) in a fire, but received so much support from the community that she was able to rebuild and continue farming.

One of the issues addressed was the challenges the farmer faces due to lack of money. When discussing this, the article raised a point that's very important to me, because it shows how distorted (I believe) our values have become around food:

"Naturally, [the farmer] would like to struggle less. She'd also like to see the day when people realize that cheap food is a lie, and values have shifted enough so that those who pay $8 for a six-pack of beer or thousands for a plasma TV won't 'gripe about paying $8 for a dozen eggs.'"

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