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Dairy on the Eastern Shore

  After visiting Jones’ Family Farm on the Eastern Shore with Chesapeake Semester in 2015, I was forced to confront the unethical practices of the dairy industry. I seek to convey the realities of local dairy farming and determine whether … Continue reading

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Growing Justice

As a vegan, reading Singer and Mason really just reaffirmed what I already know: our existing food system is unethical in nearly every way. Animal welfare, labor rights, environmental health, human health—you name it, industrial agriculture violates it. I believe, … Continue reading

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Berry’s Land Ethic

I have read Wendell Berry in three classes now, and for some reason, I often find his message a little off-putting. There are a few reasons for this, one being that at my core, I am an urbanite. I value … Continue reading

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A Paved Perspective

Thoreau, Dillard, and Purpura demonstrate a spectrum of human experience with nature. Thoreau represents one extreme: he isolates himself from society and lives in the woods. Dillard, on the other hand, lives in a neighborhood with other people, but can … Continue reading

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Evolving Vision

In my first writing project, I argued that Thoreau’s support for a plant-based diet represented an ethical development over time—both for him, personally, and for humanity as a whole. “Leaving off eating animals” is a step towards simplicity and moral … Continue reading

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A Broken Circuit

The authors we read this week explored the resilience of the land, as told through the story of soil. Whitman refers to the cycle in his poem “Compost” as “endless successions of diseas’d corpses.” In “The Grist of the Gods,” … Continue reading

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Transformation

Critics slam Thoreau for his constant contradictions, and I agree that at times they can be off-putting. Thoreau’s commitment to the counter-argument makes discerning his true convictions based on a single passage or chapter of Walden a frustrating and impractical … Continue reading

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Should We Give Thoreau a Cookie?

Thoreau builds Walden on a series of contradicting lines, paragraphs, chapters, and themes. While off-putting at first, eventually I came to understand that this book arose from a journal. Though seven-times-revised, some of the rough and raw characteristics of thought … Continue reading

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Eating Animals

In my reading of Walden, I have keenly followed Thoreau’s food ethics, hoping to find a kindred spirit. I mentioned in class, but will mention again, a quote very near the beginning of the book: “One farmer says to me … Continue reading

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Caged to be Free

Stripping away the unnecessary, excessive, and superfluous is at the heart of Thoreau’s experiment. Early on in economy, he identifies food, shelter, clothing, and fuel as the only things “necessary for life” (Thoreau 11). And, he claims, all these things … Continue reading

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