The Scoop

Landship Foods is inspired by the conviction that growing and eating healthy food is one of the most important things we can do for both ourselves and the broader communities of which we are a part. The name comes from the language of pre-industrial Europe. Before the enclosure movement and the associated rise in notions of private property swept England, the suffix “-ship” (as in "relationship," or "friendship") referred to an object or an abstraction with collective duties and mutual rights. Thus, the term “landship” suggests that land was an entity through which humans were joined to each other by a set of rights and responsibilities. I advocate for a revival of this awareness.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Maize: Commodity, Vegetable, and More


Corn has been at the center of much of the recent debates in global food politics. Some argue that corn alone will feed our growing populations, while others argue that its largest impact will be in the "credit" column of corporate bank ledgers. Obviously, corn does neither of these two on its own, but only in conjunction with the actions of humans and, at another level, a host of environmental factors, like bacteria, wind, sun, and worms. Corn does, however, contribute some remarkable qualities: vigor, adaptability, genetic malleability, and culinary flexibility. To this list of ethically-neutral characteristics, I submit an undeniably positive one: at this point in the season it allows for a shady, late-morning siesta. Viva la maize!

4 comments:

T. Henry Johnson said...

Ebullient maize-muse! Forget all of the naysayers--I've got a fever, and the only cure is some local organic ears. See you in Madison, GA.

Levi said...

Word; see you there!

farm boy said...

Viva la maize, indeed sir! Things are looking good there. We are anxious to have you back out at the farmstead, keep it up.

BTW, Moonshine Meat CSA is officially off the ground. Hope to enjoy a reflective moment out amongst the cattle and sward over a well-deserved beverage when you return.

David said...

Well Levi are you back in Madison...do come see me, at least give a call or email; same number but AT&T listed me alphabetically under "Law Office" which is really not my name....your old friend David.