The farmers I buy my produce from are some of the most important people in my life. What they grow goes into my body and literally becomes me. How they grow their produce has a direct influence on my health and wellbeing.
The nursery and preschool teachers who nurtured and taught my children were some of the most important people in their young lives. Together with my husband and me they were instrumental in forming their early impressions and life experiences.
Farmers and early childhood teachers should be compensated royally for the importance of their role in our lives. Yet, the sad reality is that these are some of the least compensated professions, as a recent NY Times article states about kindergarten teachers, while the average farmer salary is between $24K and $31K according to ziprecruiter.com. Instead, we pay movie stars, football players, business and financial people, or tech start-ups, fortunes. But how much do they contribute to our immediate health and wellbeing, or to building the minds of the next generation?
What is behind this incredible distortion? A crumbling value system. We've really got it backwards. We worship entertainment and making money more than forming the next generation's minds or what we put in our bodies. What do you think?