Straying Away from Tradition

In today’s society, we tend to stray away from thinking deeply about the food we eat in terms of where it comes from. Personally, I only think about what I am eating when I have heard negative reviews on the place I am eating from or how the food looks. It is even more rare that I consider how the food was processed in terms of hunting and how it was grown. I asked some of my friends how often they think about the food they eat and where it comes from. They explained to me how it’s rare that they think about where their food is coming from because eating is part of a daily routine. I agree with their responses for the most part because on a day to day basis, I am focusing more on making sure I eat throughout the day, not necessarily stressing what I am eating.

In Penniman chapter 3, I learned that the Black Latinx Farmers Immersion would ask permission and make sacrifices before pursuing any type of activity associated with the land. They believed that they are guests of the land so they must take appropriate steps before causing destruction. If they asked permission to build a garden, for example, they will not build the garden until they received permission. It is pretty obvious that we started to lose this tradition overtime. Reading about how the Black Latinx Farmers Immersion used to treat the land in conjunction to our class discussion about sustainability caused me to think about what our society would be like if we still practiced the tradition of praising the land and asking for permission. Technically, we are guests on this Earth and treating our land with more care can only result in more benefits for our society. The truth is, even if we wanted to continue this tradition it would be difficult to support our population because communities are overpopulated as it is. I think about the impact on our society if we had to wait for the land to give us permission to grow crops. Our food productions would probably delay which would result in starvation at a higher percentage.

Although I do not think at this point in time we will be able to follow the Black Latinx Farmers Immersion tradition step by step, I am starting to think of ways we can modify this tradition in a way that can benefit our society. At the moment, I am unable to think of any modifications because of various obstacles such as different beliefs, values, religions, and resources.


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