This article isn't meant to convert vegetarians or vegans into paleo fanatics, but merely to help people take off their blinders and take a little more responsibility for the food they eat. And for the record, I bought an avocado AND an artichoke today that were both grown in California so I am by no means eating a perfect diet. I would guestimate that about 75% of my calories are local, but I am human, aka not perfect, after all.
A few weeks ago I attended a two-day soil workshop hosted by a pretty brilliant farmer down the road from me. In those two days I was transported back in time to Chemistry class, not my favorite. But this time, I was spellbound. Soil! What a complex and miraculous substance! We talked about physical structure, cation exchange, nutrient cycle, and plant health. As we were talking about nutrients and how to get them into the soil, my mind really began to turn.
Boron, for example. We learned about two ways to get Boron into the soil. One is through animal matter; manure, fish meal, feathers, etc. The other is through importing Boron from a mine in China where people haul Boron out of the mine with buckets slung over their weary shoulders. Which one of these is more ethical? Using a locally sourced product from animals that were raised in an ethical manner, or importing from thousands of miles away a product that is extracted by exploiting human beings? Truth is an interesting concept. What is truth to one person is fiction to another. Multiple people can see the same thing happen and all have different perspectives. All those different perspectives are truth to each of those people. Certain truths are part of the truth but if you dig deeper, you find a different truth.