This past week we traveled throughout the Bay Area and to Davis to learn about food production, distribution, and growing techniques. When we started the trip I never thought that what we were about to learn would cause such controversy between the group. A lot of car rides were spent arguing about and discussing certain aspects of the trip including speakers, farm practices, and our feelings in general. Throughout these discussions I really surprised myself when I realized where I stood on these issues. I found myself questioning the true meaning of consumption and if it really was the core of all evil. I wondered whether or not GMOs would change the world for the better. After the events of the week I am still not decisive on whether GMOs are good for humanity. The whole week, for me, was hard. I spent most of my time questioning my own beliefs and trying to come to a conclusion about my views.
The place I enjoyed touring the most was Full Belly Farm. It was the last farm we toured on the trip and really enlightened me. Seeing their farming techniques and hearing about the working conditions gave me hope. The main reason I liked Full Belly so much was the treatment of their animals and the cycle in which they ran their farm in general. They let their animals in pastures to eat freely and while doing so the animals cleared the land for planting. When it came to slaughtering their animals they weren't wasteful with the produce. They sold the hides and the meat and they can do so knowing that the animal lives a full, healthy, and happy life. I think going to Full Belly last was a smart decision. After the stressful debates we had, ending the week with Full Belly left the trip on a good note.
This trip opened my eyes to the food industry and how the different systems and farms contribute to the ending produce. I think that I now have a better understanding on GMOs and organic food. It's easier to make my own opinions and decisions on the food I eat now that I've learned and debated both sides of the spectrum.