We live in an interesting time when it comes to land and wildlife management. It is also a time in history where what and how we eat attracts more attention than ever before. My own personal ‘land ethic’ ties both of these together, and stems from many, many, many hours of discussion and reflection on what it means to live, to eat, to exist, to thrive.
Like many others I have concluded there is no way to exist on this earth without impacting on others. When I say “others” I mean everyone – animals (including humans), birds, landscapes, waterscapes, mircobiota, fungi… And so, with this in mind, I borrow Leopold’s phrase, acknowledging my place in ‘natural’ cycles, and take ownership and responsibility for that which sustains me, as best I can. Until I’m worm food too.
I find it comforting to remember that everything on this planet consumes and is in turn consumed. We’re all one tiny part of an enormous tapestry – maybe I’m weird, but I think that’s pretty cool.