It’s Super Tuesday, and time for voting in Vermont and many other states. On this day, it feels like my vote can make a big impact on shaping the world that I want to live in. I’m very thankful to have a candidate to vote for in this presidential primary that I actually feel inspired to support, something that has rarely happened for me. I know that my voting impact goes far beyond political choices though.
What we support with our actions, words, and dollars manifests our reality, though it may feel that there are many forces at work beyond our control. When I drive a car, cook on a propane stove, and power the appliances with electricity from the grid I acknowledge that I am casting a vote for fossil fuel extraction, water and air pollution, and climate change. Those are not my desired outcomes. We don’t always have the finances or opportunities to vote exactly like we believe- so small counter actions become the alternative. Drive less, share rides, plan your meals for efficient use of the oven, conserve electricity and work towards the goal of solar pv panels. These are all ways that we vote.
How we eat, grow food, and where we spend our money can make a big impact on the type of agriculture that is empowered. What size farms do you vote for? What nutritional quality of food do you want to eat? What quality of life do you wish for farmers and farm workers? Do you vote for food that is full of life or just convenient? Is that choice yours? There are many people who can’t afford to vote the way they would like regarding their diets. There are also many people who can afford to spend more on making good food choices that don’t. My place is not to judge, but to offer up some food for thought as well as a few options for people wishing to vote for small healthy farms, nutritious chemical free food, and food security.
If you’d like to vote for Peace of Earth Farm:
Supporting our Indiegogo campaign to build a passive cooler
I’ll step down from my soap box now. I hope you get out and vote today, in all the ways that you are able!