When a label moves

“I alone cannot change the world but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.”

– Mother Teresa

Shopping at my local grocery store yesterday, I encountered a product I hadn’t seen before.  As is my life-long instinct, I picked up the packaged beans and read the label.   Then I pulled out my phone and took a photo (below).  I don’t know this company but these printed words moved me.

veg land label

Having grown up in the organic foods industry, before it became a house-hold word, I have spent many cumulative weeks of my 40 years explaining to people about Organic production.  There are many reasons to eat organic – it is GMO free and it usually tastes better than the alternative.  It certainly is healthier to eat without pesticide and herbicide poison residues. Plus organic practises of farming enrich the soil and provide our hero farmers with a safe and noble livelihood.  Recently, the threat of conventional and unsustainable farming methods has taken an unprecedented toll on the environment we all share.

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all ”

– Emily Dickenson

This label above filled me with flutterings of hope.  It mirrored and re-arranged words that I had formulated but not strung together.  It was the first time I read such a thing on a label of fresh green beans.

“When you purchase organic produce, you are taking part in the HEALING of our land, the PURIFYING of rivers, lakes and streams, and the PROTECTION of all forms of life ….”

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