For most of us it will be easy to imagine the benefits that will come from eating better. We may imagine losing weight and feeling better, we may imagine becoming healthy enough to no longer need as many medications, and we may imagine longer, more fulfilling lives for ourselves and our families.  Of course these are all excellent reasons for choosing to eat a healthier diet. But the Wesleyan vision is grander than that.

Imagine a world in which all of humanity eats only ethically-produced nutritious food, in moderation. In such a world there would be less sickness, less disease, no gluttony, and a population living long, healthy lives. Farm animals would be raised naturally and compassionately, being afforded the respect they deserve as beloved creatures of God. There would be no exploitation of farm workers and farmers. The land would be treated gently and respectfully, with farming practices that ensure a sustainable, resilient, regenerative future. There would be robust and vibrant community-based food economies.

In such a world, the food system would be a part of God’s renewal and restoration of creation, rather than an impediment to it.

May it be so.

Let our next meal, and all those that follow it, be a part of bringing that vision to reality.

From Organic Wesley

15 comments on “Imagine

  1. I’ve been on this journey for a healthier life for several years now. It has made a major difference in how I live and feel ♥


  2. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, nirvana is what a perfect world is called. I’m guessing that the only place that happens is in our mind. Pockets of this magical existence do happen but it’s difficult to keep order and people working together. The closest I’ve seen that comes to that kind of living is in the world of Amish. Community works for them and it is a part of spiritual faith. They fore go a lot of modern conveniences for a very simple life. I’m not sure about Virginia but when I visited New Jersey they were a big part of the farmer’s markets on Saturday. It wasn’t just vegetables but baked bread, cookies, and all sorts of pure and simple food items. It is indeed a culture within the worldly culture of our country. When I spend time at Terra Nova Gardens, I am imagining that world of purity and simplicity. With the fence finished, it’s like a secluded world inside the fence. It’s very different than when it was open.

    Yesterday’s post about children on the homestead brought back many good memories for me. Being a child on the farm to me was adventure, exploration, climbing dangerous trees, watching nature, and daily exciting things. Thanks for the memories.

    Have a great imagining day.


    • Bill says:

      The world that I’m expecting and trying to work toward isn’t nirvana, but rather what has been called “the age to come.” We’ve made amazing progress over the centuries and it is accelerating now (even as we are constantly threatened by the potential for major setbacks).

      We have Amish friends at the market, and while they are devoted to a life of simplicity I see many others following that path as well. I think there is a cultural yearning for simplicity and peace and I’m excited about what the future holds for us.

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  3. avwalters says:

    Make it so. Perhaps there could be incentives, the reverse of what the tax code currently does. Sustainable/Regenerative farming could garner tax credits. “Conventional” farming could be treated like an extractive industry–with a pre-determined ‘life-span’ for the farmland, based on the damage done by that type of farming. There would be a depreciation tax (not offset) for each year in which damaging farming was done. The conventional farmer could diminish the tax, by using wiser methods–so much off for crop rotation, credit for fallow fields, credits for investment in drip irrigation, etc.
    I’ve noticed that change accelerates when we codify our environmental choices into law. Certainly that’s fueling the degradation of the environment now. What if we reversed the emphasis–what a difference we could make! (And wait until you see my plans for crop insurance!)

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    • Bill says:

      I like the way you think. I’d vote for you. 🙂
      Re. agriculture, I’d be satisfied if they’d just level the playing field. No subsidies to anybody. Suddenly “cheap” food wouldn’t be so cheap anymore and our food would no longer seem expensive.

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  4. Joanna says:

    Pasta with wild mushroom, onion and chilli sauce and roast parsnips – will that do for a start? Pasta, flour, oil and salt the added ingredients but milk from my neighbour, mushrooms from our forest and of course onions, chilli and parsnips 50m away from the table.


  5. allisonmohr says:

    Has anyone done a study on whether or not your vision of agriculture is globally viable? Given the sheer number of humans on the planet, can enough food be produced without industrialized farming? I much prefer your vision of agriculture, but i always wonder if will scale up sufficiently.


    • Bill says:

      Only sustainable agriculture is viable long-term. And there are studies showing that using natural methods we can produce more than enough food to feed the world.


  6. Looking forward to receiving your book, Bill. Thanks for sending it out. –Curt


  7. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Amen, amen!


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