Monday, November 1, 2010

Food, Inc

Anybody else watched this movie? No, then go WATCH it.  I already knew some of the things they do at those chicken farms, but to actually seeing them is pretty shocking.

Letter from Chief Sealth of the Duwamish Tribe(area in state of Washington) to President Franklin Pierce

Currently I am reading this book called "Sugar Blues," it is a great book.   It came out 1975, but still applies to today.  It's kind of scary that we still have the same problems they had in 1975.  I guess, it guess says people never learn or don't want to learn.

Anyways, in this book, the author (William Dufty) mentions this letter that the Chief Sealth of Duwamish Tribe wrote to President Franklin Pierce protesting the president's proposal to buy the tribal lands.  "His letter warned of the white man's corruptive, destructive habits:",

page 116

     How can you buy or sell the sky-the warmth of the land?  The idea is strange to us.  We do not own the freshness of the air or the sparkle of the water.  How can you buy them from us?
     We know that the white man does not understand our ways.  One portion of the land is the same to him as the next for he is a stranger who comes in the night and takes from the land whatever he needs.  The earth is not his brother, but his enemy, and when he has conquered it, he moves on.  He leaves his father's graves, and his children's birthright is forgotten.
      The air is precious to the red man.  For all things share the same breath--the beasts, the trees, the man.  The white man does not seem to notice the air he breathes.  Like a man dying for many days, he is numb to the stench...
     The white man must treat the beasts of this land as his brother.  I am a savage and I do not understand the other way.  I have seen a thousand rotting buffaloes on the prairies left by the white man who shot them from a passing train.
     What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beast also happens to man.  All things are connected.  Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.
     One thing we know which the white man will one day discover.  Our God is the same God.  You may think now that you own him as you wish to own our land.  But you cannot.  He is the Body of man.  And his compassion is equal for the red man and the white man.  This earth is precious to him.  And to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator. ... Continue to contaminate your bed and you will one night suffocate in your own waste.
     We might understand if we knew what it was that the white man dreams, what hopes he describes to his children on long winter nights, what visions he burns into their minds...
     Our warriors have felt shame.  And after defeat.  - East West Journal, Boston, letter from Dale Jones of Seattle.

It is pretty amazing about what he said about the Land and the Air.  We are contaminating the land with all those pesticides and fertilizers the farmers put in.  The Air, of course the pollutions.  I am sad to say I am also part of the problem because I drive.