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Imperfection Has a Place

May 7, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAgriculture is imperfect. We are imperfect. No matter what we do, or plan, or set in motion, things don’t always turn out as planned. Animals die, crops get flooded, tomatoes split…things happen.

Sometimes this imperfection is only as compared to others. The range of colors and sizes on heirloom peppers or tomatoes, for example, is imperfect compared to the bin where all the green bell peppers are the same size. We love the imperfection and taste of our heirlooms.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASometimes it’s more like Ghost – planned for a top show career but he turned out all white instead of chinchilla, a pairing of recessive genes that provide an alternative. In many herds he would be culled early on – here he has a value as a meat sire, so was grown out and a career of a different sort was charted, that of developing the best meat rabbits you’ve ever tasted!

Many things are a challenge – we can’t control the weather, the amount of rain that comes, storms or much else, including consumer demand. The large scale production of food is often criticized for the very thing they were asked for and delivered – a volume of uniform looking items. Be it pork chops, sweet corn or whatever other agriculture item people like a consistent look. They want it in quantity and easy to handle. When they look at a dozen chops they want it to look alike, not one palm sized and one much smaller or larger.

However, heritage breeds can have those various sizes. The very animals providing food have been developed to suit the needs of the consumer. For those who want something else – we have it!

Food choices are for all – not just one group of people. It takes many types of agriculture to fill those choices. May we all continue to have choices.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Robert Stauber permalink
    May 7, 2013 6:10 PM

    great title, appreciate the perspective.

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