If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.” -Paul McCartney
“You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
For me, these quotes really address one of the biggest problems of our modern diet and agricultural situation; so many people couldn’t tell you where their food comes from or even describe what the place is like. When we start to learn more about where our food really comes from, we can understand the benefits of local, organic, or family-farmed foods. You can know right off the bat that an apple from California costs much less energy than one from Chile or China. Just starting to think about the footprint of the products you use is a step towards a more natural, sustainable diet.