Wednesday, June 13, 2012

to the conservationist.

Please don't take your Prius to the drive-thru.
"Why should conservationists have a positive interest in…farming? 
There are lots of reasons, but the plainest is: Conservationists eat. 
To be interested in food but not in food production is clearly absurd. 
Urban conservationists may feel entitled to be unconcerned about food production because they are not farmers. 
But they can’t be let off so easily, for they are all farming by proxy. 
They can eat only if land is farmed on their behalf by somebody somewhere in some fashion. 
If conservationists will attempt to resume responsibility for their need to eat,
 they will be led back fairly directly to all their previous concerns for the welfare of nature. ”
Wendell Berry
Conservationist and Agrarian
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rebecca said...

hi! just started following your blog. love it. and funny enough, i posted a wendell berry quote on my blog just two days ago.

nice work, and lovely blog :)

Molly Roberson said...

Rebecca! Thanks girl! I love that you know Wendell Berry! He is a goooood man. I have the privilege of living in his home state--I totally take pride in that. His writing inspires me daily. Bringing it to the Table: On Farming & Food is an amazing book & that is where I found the conservationist & agrarian quote.

rebecca said...

I have ACTUALLY considered moving to kentucky solely because i want to channel w. berry. but then i realize that is a crazy notion, and that virginia isnt too unlike kentucky.

that being said, im jealous!

ALFIE said...

w.berry is a treasured favorite. he hits the nail on the head EVERY TIME! my favorite collection is "The Art of Commonplace". but I'm also currently enjoying " A Timbered Choir"-- a book of his poems. lovely.

Molly Roberson said...

Rebecca-Move to KY! Why not? You're young & the the bluegrass state has so much to offer.
Alfie-You amaze me! You read WB poetry?? Too much goodness.