A couple years ago, I heard Michael Pollan speak about how important it was to eat food that would eventually rot. An odd emphasis, perhaps, but both funny and true.* It stuck with me. And now as I watch our ducks eagerly bill their way through the pumpkin detritus, I see the instant value of letting things take their natural course. In the spring (just around the corner, doncha know!), we’ll reap the benefits of decayed veggies and, er, duck-related products. Plant, grow, harvest, replenish. Or as (Sir) Paul McCartney** sang: “Live and let die.”
Then live again.
*Popular science fair exhibit: Leave a packaged snack on the counter next to a vegetable or fruit. See how long it takes for each of them to go rotten. (Don’t worry; we’ll wait.)
**Paul McCartney & Wings. Gotta love anything feathered, even metaphorically.
“Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual”; Michael Pollan; Penguin Books, New York; 2009.
“Holy Sh*t: Managing Manure to Save Mankind”; Gene Logsdon; Chelsea Green Publishing Company; White River Junction, VT; 2010.
Copyright 2013, Lori Fontanes