The Pleasures of Eating

Last week for farm talk I read a few essays by Wendell Berry, a great farmer, writer, and thinker. Here is a quote from Berry that I really like, relevant to everyday life as well as agriculture: “In order to have leisure and pleasure, we have mechanized and automated and computerized our work. But what does this do but divide us ever more from our work and products–and, in the process, from one another and the world? What have farmers done when they have mechanized and computerized their farms? They have removed themselves and their pleasure from their work.” Therefore, I think we can ask ourselves: did the farmer take pleasure in his work of caring for the things he grows? Was he close to his “work and products”? Could the things living on his farm take pleasure in their lives? And if we can know that the answer is yes to these questions, it is probably a food we can take informed pleasure in eating. Below is a really cool essay I read for farm talk last week. I like what Berry has to say about being an active consumer rather than a passive one as well as what it means to truly be able to take pleasure in eating. Here is The Pleasures of Eating by Wendell Berry (1989):

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