Working Man e.g March 2014 - Page 12

We know what is like to work. To produce and produce in order to gain and spend. To work is our thing but our free time is used with the ones we love. However, we’re curious, we have so many questions and few answers. But when we know what is like to work, more questions rise. Where is this thing from? Who produced it? How did they do it? Do they gain enough money?

Sometimes we really won’t like to know because we don’t have the time to find the answers. So, must times not knowing drives us crazy enough to ignore our inquiries and so we wonder.

The thing is we fear change because knowing sometimes involves a change in our thoughts and lifestyle. When we know, we run simply because the truth isn’t what we expected it to be. This is showed in the documentary “Earthlings” made in 2005 and directed by Shaun Monson: “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, wouldn’t all of us be vegetarians?”. Nevertheless, we also know that if we dedicate our time to grow our crops, then when we eat it we feel the effort we put in it and suddenly it tastes better than usual. However, we change that effort with a couple of bills and some coins. And the effort for getting those is tasted with our daily work.

At first, we all know that not all natural resources are extracted from the place we live in. We do know whom does our country export and import to depending on what we work on, but what about the vegetables and the fruit we eat. Where are those things growing? The following table shows the place were some of our food grows according to the University of Illinois:

There are 7.2 billion people in this planet. Although not all of us feed daily, we work hard in order to buy and survive. According to the Worldwide Watch Institute in its Vision for a Sustainable World section, 56 billon animals are slaughtered only for food each year. However, animals aren’t just killed, first they have to suffer: “…many of the world's 17 billion hens and meat chickens each live in an area that is less than the size of a sheet of paper.” But, production is so important that according to the sustainable agriculture section of the Grace Communication Foundation “80 percent of all US feedlot cattle are injected with hormones to make them grow faster” increasing beef and diary industries’ profit.

Everything We Eat

Food Historical Facts

World's Production

8 Magazine/January, 2012

By: Tali Shaouly Levy