Friday, July 18, 2014

Lessons in livestock


     In the timeless movie “The Wizard of Oz,” young Dorothy skips along the yellow brick road with the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow, chanting, “Lions and tigers and bears, Oh my!”

     Last week, the Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously, “Chickens, a goat, a sheep, Oh no!” when it denied the newly chartered Syringa Mountain School the ability to house the small animals on its school grounds in the Woodside light-industrial area.

     The animals were to be part of the education program at the school, along with gardening.

     What the school requested in terms of the city zoning may have been too broad in that it would have expanded what’s allowed in the city as “urban agriculture.” Goats and sheep would have been added to bees and chickens. The city could surely find a way to craft an ordinance more narrowly to allow animals for educational purposes at the school yet not allow such uses on every property in the city.

     As the world becomes more crowded with human beings, we have become ever more separate from the animals that sustain us with their hides, meat, eggs and milk. With that separation comes ignorance of the knowledge of the life processes that sustain our species and others on Earth. This knowledge can’t be acquired roaming the aisles of grocery stores or from seeing the “Lion King” movie and singing about the circle of life.

     The detachment from our food sources limits our ability to contemplate one of the basic conundrums of life itself: killing in order to live.

     Author Michael Pollan, who chronicled his quest to understand food, wrote, “The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.”

     That’s a lesson worth teaching in our schools.




About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of mtexpress.com and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads



 Local Weather 
Search archives:


Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.