It’s onto Chapter 2 this week. If you missed the discussion on Chapter one, you can join in and find it here.
“No civilization has ever been in this state of environmental ignorance.”
“Today we can live day to day, even a lifetime, without thinking about air, soil, water, lumber, and energy.”
In this chapter, Joel talks about the balance of treating animals respectfully and yet remembering that they are not humans. He says, “Animals do have rights, but that does not elevate them to humanhood.” He talks about a visitor who came to Polyface and then proceeded to question the farm’s compassion for the animals because they were outdoors in the weather and some days were uncomfortable for humans.
What do you think? Are animals better equipped for varying weather than humans?
Later in the chapter, he says that an educated person should know a few things about farm ecology.
The examples he includes are:
- You don’t need roosters to lay eggs.
- A cow with a horn is not always a bull.
- The difference between hay and straw.
- How to herd cows.
- Trees grow out, not up.
- The differences between a cow, heifer, bull, steer, finisher and open cow.
Less than a century ago, every American knew these things. Why have we lost them today?
Are they something that you need to learn or do you already know these things?