Hunters and Farmers
I came across an article on slate.com that I can’t resist posting. The article is about hunting and casts vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin — hunter of moose and caribou — as the ultimate locavore. The writer, Michael Agger, ties hunting to the values of the local agriculture movement, saying that the sport is “where shooters and foodies meet.” He even quotes from Michael Pollan’s recent essay in the New York Times in which Pollan advises the next president to “support hunting as a particularly sustainable way to eat meat — meat grown without any fossil fuels whatsoever.”
Yes, the article takes a few swipes at “city-dwelling, New York Times-reading folks,” coyly suggesting that they “add ‘buying meat from the grocery store’ to the list of liberal sins.” The ribbing aside, it’s a delicious read. So here it is for you to enjoy.
Agger points out in the article that the nation’s “Founding Fathers were mostly not hunters, as hunting at the time was deemed ‘too Indian.’”
What the Founding Fathers were, though, were committed farmers. “Cultivators of the earth,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1785, “are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.”
Back then, hunters and farmers didn’t connect. It remains to be seen whether “shooters and foodies” will find common ground now.