Keri Brandt and Janine Fitzgerald
Industrial agriculture has resulted in dead soils and animals living in torturous conditions. We call this process “zombie agriculture” in reference to constant supply of synthetic inputs required to reanimate the dead. This process hurts farmers and ranchers relationships with their land and animals and allows consumers to eat without having to confront death. The imperative is to engage in eating and producing food as a sacred activity and being in relationship with all living beings. It is also about understanding that part of the human legacy is to be aware of the complexity of eating and its sacred relationship to death. This, we hold, brings us back to the radical center.
Keri Brandt, PhD is a Professor of Sociology at Fort Lewis College. Her research is primarily in the field of Human Animal Studies where she is endlessly fascinated with how humans and animals craft shared worlds together. She lives on the Off Family Ranch in the San Luis Valley with her husband David, a 4th generation cattle rancher, and their son Ryder.
Janine lives in a straw bale house she built with her husband on her parent’s dry land farm in Southwest Colorado. She gardens an old road on that land, milks her cow and makes cheeses. She has fought against oil and gas drilling in the HD Mountains with a coalition of ranchers, neighbors, and environmentalists. She also hays 20 irrigated acres of land that she and her sister co-own with her draft horses. Her day job is teaching Sociology and Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College. Her area of interest is to honor the knowledge of rural people, animals, plants and soil with the “bookish” wisdom of academia.
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