Because Everyone Needs a Goat
December 3, 2010 Comments Off on Because Everyone Needs a Goat
People are so thankful at Thanksgiving. People fill the interwebs with tweets and updates about how thankful they are for their family and friends, but for some reason the thanks fades pretty quickly and people never fail to realize that something they should be thankful for is in front of them every day.
It is clearly no secret that I am not a fan of the industrial agriculture that controls our food system, and for the most part I choose not to support it. Opting instead for helping establish a healthy community by buying products from local suppliers. So one of the things I am grateful for is that I can CHOOSE not participate and still have access to food. I am not going to starve because farmers are working hard and supporting me and then I, in turn support them, together we create a more financially and environmentally sustainable community. So it shouldn’t surprise you that creating a strong agricultural system can up lift a community in any part of the world. That’s part of what makes Heifer International so great is that they provide areas stricken by poverty with animals or plants, the animals and plant in turn provide them with food and often capital that they can use to trade or sell within their community. I particularly love this organization because in essence it is saying that people are not helpless, that given the right tools. People and communities can work to reduce hunger and poverty in their own community,helping themselves. It is also pretty admirable that they have programs in U.S in addition to communities around the world. The U.S is a powerful country, but we forget that our rapidly changing economic climate has created major holes(some of which were never really filled in the first place. Lastly what is really awesome is that you can give these animal donations as gifts for other people, so you can give a flock of chickens in the name of you aunt who already has everything and really doesn’t need another trinket, or even relatives that you don’t know that well instead of buying then a non committal “hey I don’t know you well gift” I’m looking at you candle or coffee mug. So join me in giving to others this holiday season and don’t think you’re alone, even in the toughest economic climate this country has ever seen individuals gave over 210 BILLION dollars in 2009.
Goat by Hana Muchová