Does Knowledge Create Change?

 

A day doesn’t go by that I don’t read about some kind of food recall. Just today I read that thousands of pounds of beef were recalled from the threat of e. coli and then read about the cantaloupe listeria outbreak that has already killed 16 people. Then there is the whole slew of issues that create a moral dilemma. Slavery and tomatoes, farmers with cancer who are exposed to pesticides, small farms being sued by food giants. So my questions is this…will this create change? Will we learn after being bombarded with crisis after crisis in the big business food industry? It seems obvious to me that we cannot continue the way we have been, there is getting to be too much risk. Risk of disease, risk of health and the risk of our lives. However, for the majority of the American people, they still wouldn’t consider buying food from an unknown source risky – even after all the news reports. We can no longer ignore the very real food risks that are threatening us and those we love. The information is there, you don’t have to look very far – it’s time to respond and create change.

6 Responses to “Does Knowledge Create Change?”

  1. Tim Dahl September 29, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Even though information is useful in the transformational process, it tends to not initiate change by itself. To be brutally honest, meaningful and lasting change tends to be accompanied by pain. All types of change is painful. The status quo is comfortable, inasmuch as we are used to it. Something has to happen to us, as individuals, where it is more painful to stay the same than to change. Otherwise, we will always tend towards a point of “homeostasis,” or comfort zone (in other words).

    TL;DR
    1. Information is not enough
    2. Change is initiated by, and accompanied by pain.

    Tim

    • Mary Crimmins September 29, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

      Tim you are exactly right. Unless we are personally touched by a crisis, or know someone that is – we think we are immune from it. Thank you for commenting.

      • Tim Dahl September 29, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

        Thank you! I’ve come to enjoy your blog, and we are frequenting local farmers markets now!

        Just know that your message is getting out there, and you are making a difference.

        Tim

        • Mary Crimmins September 30, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

          Tim that you so much, that is really encouraging and flattering :)

  2. Candy Vaughn September 29, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    Knowledge is power but like Tim said “something has to happen to us”. My father & grandfather both succumbed to lung cancer and I can’t help but wonder how much 50′s & 60′s era chemicals on the family dairy farm had to do with that. I try to eat seasonal vegetables but I’m far from perfect! It really clicked this week after reading ‘Slavery and tomatoes’. I tend to not eat tomatoes out of season and pledge to not eat “fresh” tomatoes until next summer (from local farmers). The short-term “pain” for me will be missing my little winter cherry tomatoes slow roasted in the oven :-(

    • Mary Crimmins October 1, 2011 at 12:01 am #

      Wow, that is a scary thought! You are right, it really does take something happening to us in order for those to change. Glad that you caught the Slavery and Tomatoes, that is pretty darn compelling. It is hard during the winter, which is why it’s so important to can when everything is in season. I know this summer I can have spaghetti with my canned summer tomatoes. It just takes time for that shift to happen.

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