Monday, March 16, 2009

Lunch with a CAFO

As chance would have it, I happened to meet a representative from a confined animal feeding operation (CAFO). Seaboard Foods, an integrated producer of premium pork products, is one of the top ten pork producers and processors in the United States.

CAFOs are an interesting evolution in business. Think "Henry Ford makes bacon... lots of bacon." Factory farming is a logical extension of product manufacturing invented in the Industrial Revolution. This means it comes under the scrutiny that all mass production now requires and it also brings a host of ethical questions.

Because I strive to hybridize sustainable business practices I feel it is not only appropriate but necessary to engage the people from the CAFO industry. We may agree to disagree but surely we can have conversations and learn about each other and maybe, just maybe find some common ground for the mutual benefit of those in the present and those of future generations. Sustainability begins with a conversation and that begins by listening. We all want to be heard.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Our thoughts Balance the World on a Fulcrum

Holy Curves

Turning PointS
A dot, a basic building block
A point, a point of view
A fulcrum, for leveraging conception
A dot turning full circle, is still a dot
A point turning, pivots understanding
A fulcrum turning, tips the balance
A dot moving, engenders a line
A point moving, engenders another
A fulcrum moving endangers the world
Our world, a dot in the universe
Our world is, just a point of view
Our thought, a fulcrum on which to move
the world

- Sachin Phatak
16th December’01