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The term sustainability has become a ubiquitous expression of a hazy concept (scientifically proven). Tenley Meat Co has acknowledged this reality, and while we will not claim the words that follow to be the world’s answer to this dilemma, we thought it fitting to address the conversation in our own way. Whenever the term pops up on our website or in our materials, we urge you to reference the (lengthy, even lifelong, apologies, we just can’t figure a way to make it shorter) conversation that follows. We are honored you are taking a moment to check out our philosophy on the subject and we do hope these words will shine light on where we are coming from. For current updates on news and research within the nexus of sustainability and meat production, please check out the reading room, below the community tab.
the shortest story...
Sustainability is something good to strive for, daily, in all that we are. It is the honest, courageous, and exciting journey to create a future in which all people everywhere are able to live peaceful and fulfilling lives, and doing so without blatantly jeopardizing the lives of generations yet to live. It is cherishing that journey each step along the way, and honoring the past as the incredibly unique path that got us all to where we are now. It is the acknowledgment of natural laws and limits that we cannot and will not escape, nor completely conquer, whether they be physical and on a global scale or mental and on individual levels. It is the realization that we are all inextricably linked to one another, and to the rest of the universe. It is taking action to change what we know cannot be sustained on Earth while remaining forever conscious of the harmful methods we routinely use to bring those changes about. We should not pretend to make sustainability exact, simple, or easy, but now more than ever before it’s important to realize that business as usual isn’t sustainable, and we can either change our ways or let other forces outside of our control do it for us. But if sustainability is all of these things, maybe we should stop using the word so much and develop a better vocabulary for how to live on spaceship Earth, our Pale Blue Dot, our only home.
The long Story...continued from PDF
Einstein has been quoted as saying “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” Well, after this long, drawn out explanation of what sustainability means to me, I’ll stop misleading you, and say that I don’t really know for sure. But that isn’t for lack of trying. For the time being, Tenleytown Meat Company has one employee, and until the day when that changes, these thoughts on sustainability are my own. They’ve been collected through years of experience, reading books and articles, watching movies and lectures, traveling around the world in mind and body, thinking, taking classes, listening to music, finding quotes, and having conversations all along the way, in hammocks, in rainstorms, over beer, and in the offices of my mentors and teachers, young and old. I’ve gathered a list of books and other resources below that have influenced me and that in turn led to the words you trudged through above. These are among the conversations I like having, and I want you all to see some of the places my ideas have evolved out of, some directly, some more gradually. It has been a process, sometimes fun and full of excitement, sometimes lonely, sometimes maddeningly difficult, but always something to appreciate. While even my most trivial events have had some impact on me, the list below compiles a small but significant collection of easily shareable resources shining light upon how I've been shaped thus far. None are without their shortcomings, but in my humble opinion all have something truly sensational to offer.
Peace be the Journey