“The consumer wants food to be as cheap as possible. The producer wants it to be as expensive as possible. Both want it to involve as little labor as possible. And so the standards of cheapness and convenience, which are irresistibly simplifying and therefore inevitably exploitative, have been substituted for the standard of health (of both people and land), which would enforce consideration of essential complexities.”
— Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture (1996)
“The real problem of food production occurs within a complex, mutually influential relationship of soil, plants, animals, and people. A real solution to that problem will therefore be ecologically, agriculturally, and culturally healthful. ...A good solution improves the balances, symmetries, or harmonies within a pattern—it is a qualitative solution—rather than enlarging or complicating some part of a pattern at the expense or in neglect of the rest.”
—Wendell Berry, Solving for Pattern (1980)
“If enough of us were to choose caring over not caring, staying over going, then the culture would change, exploitation would become subordinate to settlement, and then the choice to be a sticker would become easier. The necessary examples would be more numerous and more available. The way would be clearer.”
From: “The Obligation of Care” by Wendell Berry in the September/October 1995 issue of Sierra.