I am in front of my computer, thinking about my first days alone here and I am listening the noise of a fly. The weather is a bit cloudy and windy. And today the sun is shy. By the time I finished my sentence, the fly is gone and all I can hear, smell and feel is the nature, breathing, and being alive.
Fresh and natural products are important for all of us. At least for those who care about their health. I completely enjoy organic eggs, milk and cheese from the locals. Here people have their own cattle and let them free on the grass.
I am that kind of person who love healthy food but very often I wonder what I actually eat. I am highly preoccupied in understanding the provenience of the food we eat and what are the implications vs. consequences for our health and environment.
Here the landscape is amazing. The fall is coming and I am in love with the new colours. Approximatively 200m from the house, almost every day, cattle come to eat and rest.
I remember a passage from the Yuval Noah Harari book, “Sapiens, A brief history of Humankind”, that beautifully matches the topic.
“The combined mass of all surviving large wild animals – from porcupines and penguins to elephants and whales – is less than 100 million tons. Our children’s books, our iconography and our TV screens are still full of giraffes, wolves and chimpanzees, but the real world has very few of them left. There are about 80.000 giraffes in the world, compared to 1.5 billion cattle; only 200.000 wolves, compared to domesticated dogs; only 250.000 chimpanzees – in contrast to billions of humans.”
I don’t think that a few cattle from small villages should be the source of our concern, it’s rather the meet Industrial Food Production. In the USA alone, the value of beef and beef variety meat exports reached a record of $807 billion in 2014.
Here’s a short video that should make you wonder Become aware of the consequences of your consumption!