The world is crying out for salvation. There is not enough to eat in some places and too much consumption and waste in others. It is always relevant to talk about sustainable agriculture. In the realm of ecology and environmentalism, it receives little attention in urban areas. Hence, I started this blog to reach the masses, or so I hope.
We know about renewable energy and conserving precious resources. This includes farming land. Any thought of the Dust Bowl area reminds us of the pitfalls of irresponsible farming. The textbook definition of sustainable farming is to meets society’s food needs without compromising the soil so that future generations can benefit from the preserved ecosystem.
The underlying goal is to foster good health among the citizens by addressing their primary needs. Most of us don’t think about our health unless we get sick. It is better to take preventative measures. This goes for agriculture as well as personal hygiene. Next to food production, it is a close second in importance.
How healthy do you think you are? Answer these questions:
- Do you eat fruits and vegetables and eschew red meat?
- How much water do you drink every day?
- Do you value personal cleanliness in your daily life?
- Do you keep a good home environment free of debris and germs?
- Are you conversant with basic bodily functions such as regularity?
The last point is no trivial matter, even if it is a taboo topic. This is why I bring it up. I just bought a new toilet suited to my height. It is called a “comfort height toilet” and it does just what it says. It is well worth the expense given how much time you spend on it day and night. I suppose it would be more relevant to advocate for a composting model because it is sustainable in the true sense. But I will let that ride.
The salesman pointed out the significant role of hygiene in maintaining good health in the effort to upsell me on a self-cleaning model. It is not a bad idea if you are a bit lax in your household chores. Of course, he didn’t have to convince me of the obvious. Sustainable agriculture should be equally apparent, but somehow it is as obscure a dinner table topic as toilet habits.
Clearly, human health is a broad topic that includes nutrition and diet as well as personal habits. It has everything to do with food production and consumption. And underlying its meaning is the need for responsibility. Join me in reflecting on all the dimensions involved that affect our lives.