Over the last few years we’ve been watching a bunch of documentaries and films on the food industry and could not believe all the mind-blowing absurdities involved at every level of the process as well as the unbearable cruelty imposed to the animals.

At first we were disgusted, discouraged and slightly depressed. Instead of remaining stuck in apathy, we decided to take it as an incentive to act. The awareness of what we eat and how it is produced just triggered in us the desire and the need to take the matter back into our own hands and start growing our own food following the advice of inspiring people and documentaries we came across. We never expected the amount of energy, fun and inspiration it has given us.

Looking at the food situation nowadays, I have a story in mind I’ve heard some time ago about a poisonous tree:

A person is travelling through a new area and comes across a tree that he has never seen before. It is filled with delicious looking fruits and he decides to taste one. However he quickly finds out that the fruit is poisonous. He vomits it out and is able to survive. When he arrives to the next local village he shares his story so that the villagers can take action in order to prevent others from being poisoned. Some villagers think it is best to chop down the tree and make it go away. Other villagers think they should spare the tree and simply put a sign to warn by passers. One of them who has some knowledge of plans and remedies suggests that he can take the time to study the tree in order to find a cure.

When it comes to the “poisonous tree” of food production, there are different ways of dealing with this situation. And whatever way we choose to follow is to be respected as long as we don’t become righteous, dogmatic or even “preachy” about it.

Some of friends and relatives on scandals and others horrors they discover about the meat business and their decision to no longer take part in it by becoming vegetarian or vegan.

We ourselves are no longer vegetarian (after 10 years of vegetarianism for Sandra and only 3 for Santi) and for a while we did our best to by organic meat or avoid buying meat of “unhappy” animals. We eventually decided to take responsibility for the meat that we eat and decided to raise animals for part of the meat that we consume.

Taking a life is a very confronting and emotional action but it also brought us so much more respect and gratitude to the animals that we raise and take care of.

To us, respecting life is not about not killing at all but to understand and accept that it is part of the cycle of life and death.