When is someone no longer a an apprentice? When she tells you she thinks she has a better idea for the roast you just did? When she can’t look up for a picture because she’s still looking at the beans in the tray she just roasted? When you can introduce a new coffee when you’re out of town and not worry about it? When it’s @beanwife and she has been roasting with you more than a year and never messed up once? (at WB undisclosed roasting location)
Thoughtful words from my good friend Peter Giuliano. In California, we have a lot of things on the ballot to deal with. This Prop 37 has found wide support from most of my friends and family. Still, we have suffered under some pretty badly written laws in the past. Here Peter says we can agree to agree - which is encouraging even if this law won’t fix it all…
A last thought about prop 37 for my Californian friends: I value the dialogue I’ve had about this issue, online and off. The research I did on this subject taught me things about GMOs, about Monsanto, about our food system, about the way we do law in California, and the way we enforce law. My opinion that 37 is a bad law is unchanged, and I think we should all vote against it, but I have been inspired by the passion with which people WANT to do something positive about our food system. There has been more discussion among my friends and family about this proposition than any other, and that means something to me: people really care.
And so, here’s what I really want to say: no matter whether 37 fails or passes, we can’t stop working towards a more sustainable food system. We need more research, more understanding about plant genetics and their implications, more awareness about what climate change and global water scarcity do to agriculture, and a better approach to agrochemicals and industrial farming. The debate we began around 37 can be a start to a real movement, whether the law itself passes or fails. So let’s keep it up, shall we? - Peter Giuliano