"An unexamined life is not worth living."
That quote from Plato's Apology has long been repeated, and it is worth considering in and of itself. In examining life, it’s also worthwhile to look closely at the ethical choices we are making.
Questioning whether one can be living a more ethical life is nearly always a good idea. For example, sometimes vegans may discover that there are additional changes that can be made so that their lifestyle is even more ethical.
One term I recently discovered is 'veganic farming'.
Just what is that exactly? Well, according to the Veganic Agriculture Network, veganic farming is done without the use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and genetically modified organisms [GMOs].
Perhaps more significantly, veganic farming never uses any products that are derived from animals. So, the farming is done without any feather meal, fish meal, bone meal, blood meal, fish emulsion, or shrimp compost.
KQED, a public media organization that seeks to 'change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential' in Northern California, recently reported that vegan farming may become the latest trend in farming.
KQED narrowed in on one farm in Northern California. Lazy Millennial Farms is an organic farming company with a clearly ironic name. Matthew and Brittany Loisel, a married couple who also are joined in this business venture, own and run it.
They are committed to growing certified organic and veganic produce in the Salinas Valley. Although they are the only known veganic farm in the area, others may very well be popping up in Northern California and around the United States and beyond soon.
For now, veganic farming is not yet mainstream. Since there are only approximately 50 veganic farms in the US, many feel that it may not be practically possible for everyone to turn to foods produced through veganic farming.
However, it is something important to strive for moving forward, and it’s a good idea to support veganic farmers whenever possible.
The Vegan Organic Network in the UK helps connect people with what they need to know about veganic farms. According to the Vegan Organic Network, the three main strands to 'making vegan-organic grown food more widely available' are as follows:
- Establishing a Demonstration, Education and Research Centre.
- Specifying “the methods and standards for stock-free organic growing and to enable growers to become certified using these standards”.
- Encouraging vegan-organic cultivation on both large and small scales.
What do you think of veganic farming? Chime in below.