My family tries to eat healthy, organic, fairly traded, locally and sustainably grown food. This is the case even for the family bunny, whose diet of Timothy hay and salads is fairly easy to provide.
But eating this way is not easy. Illinois imports more than 90 percent of its food, so chances are high that the bunny’s lettuce comes from outside the state and that it took trucks, powered by gasoline, to deliver it. Furthermore, the lettuce was probably picked by seasonal migrant workers from Mexico. This means that the leaves of lettuce we give the bunny each day or pop into our own mouths are imprinted with the realities of fossil fuel consumption, globalization, immigration policies and economic injustice.