Hands, worn and woven with Earth reaching into the depths of the soil tending the land. The Earth, in ritual, facilitating the growth of our sustenance; its parched soil steadfast and persevering, giving nutrients to new life. All our food has a story - an origin and life before it enters ours. These stories include other humans, and affect other pieces of life that sustain us. We are not isolated from the ecosystem, we depend on it for our life.
All the pieces to these stories are complex and have political systems of their own. Knowing where our food comes from creates a responsibility to the land that can not be ignored. Cultivating awareness between land, food, and humans clarifies our inter-dependent relationship and connects us all. Understanding the story of our food creates more momentum for action and change.
Our soils have been depleted by modern corporate farming practices. This means little to no nutrients are left in the soil. Our foods have never had such low amounts of nutrients as they do now. There are some amazing land-tenders working hard to replenish soils, but the majority of our food comes from depleted soils. Our air and Earth surfaces have also been poisoned with pesticides, creating a deeper imbalance in our ecosystem. A lot of our foods are now being genetically modified - meaning our food is being made in labs - to boost production and wealth for big agricultural corporations. Our water is being polluted with agricultural waste run-off. It is getting into the waterways and making this already dwindling resource more precious. Water is our lives blood.
Farmworkers are being mistreated, over-worked, and underpaid for this vital role they play in our lives. We stand in solidarity with farmworkers. Let's listen to their stories and demands. Lets honor their boycotts and picket lines. Accessibility is a huge part of the lives of our food. Who gets what foods and who doesn't and for what reason is always an important dialogue to have. Marginalized communities generally have less access to organic, high nutrient foods, though they tend to have a deeper cultural connection to food and the Earth's medicine. It is a privilege to have access to deeply nutritive foods, grown with care and thought for the land. It is important for those of us who have the space and privilege in our lives to uphold standards for our lands and living beings. It is important for those of us to create spaces and access to those who do not.
With all this in mind, we ask you to join us in boycotting Driscoll's berries. There is a long line of oppression against farmworkers, and we honor and listen to those who stand up and demand recognition and reparation for all those involved. We want to open a dialogue and welcome you to join in. Please reach out to the coalitions that are working with farmworkers to bring awareness. Below are resources with more history as well as ways to get involved.
We can all heal together - our lands, ecosystem, and our bodies. So we ask: What are the stories of your food? What do they look like? Feel like? Who is involved in them? What lands did they come from? And what systems do they affect?