tears, now of joy


I just wanted to take a homework break & jump in with a quick inspirational note: Now, I’ve frequently touted the power of Food, Inc. After watching the film, I often wondered what happened to Carole Morison. She dared to speak out against a large, powerful industry. I was sure she’d be shut down forever. Ruined.

I cried a lot, thinking about Carole & farmers in similar situations. Then, when Joe found this video, I shed some serious tears of joy.

The farm did shut down. Three years, a sentence that seems impossible in an industry where profit margins are razor thin & many farmers rely on government assistance just to get by. Carole is by far one of the most courageous, inspiring people I’ve ever seen, and her story is proof that with good ethics comes great reward.

Carole was fortunate enough to break from the system & gain a whole new appreciation for her animals; the appreciation then increases the joy she has in her work, the profits she gets per chicken & the nutrient value of each chicken. Now, that’s a win-win!

You are what you eat. Would you eat this chicken?

Contrast the “back to the future” model with this video–which is insanely difficult to watch & leaves my sobbing, gagging & a bit broken. We see these videos all the time. I don’t recommend watching it, and I’m not trying to get preachy.

I’m trying to get you excited, because it doesn’t have to be that way. We have choices. We vote with our dollar, with our shopping choices. And today, we have more opportunities than ever to support people–and increasingly women, yay!–like Carole.

There’s probably a Carole just down the road from you. Or on the outskirts of town. Or at the new farmers’ market.

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About meganbetz

human geography PhD Student at Indiana University; wife, reader, writer, baker, gardener
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