Sure, there were a couple pigs, cows and horses, but the bulk of the set was things like a milk tank to be pulled by a semi, a wheat harvester, corn harvester, grain silo and something like three tractors – everything your modern factory farm needs to decimate the earth and reap the measly profits.
I can’t believe this has become the norm, and these are the toys we give our kids to help them get in touch with a country life. Do we want our children aspiring to being near-bankrupt farmers who focus on monocrops that are patented and owned by Monsanto? Short of a drug addict on death row, there are few things I want less for my children than that type of lifestyle.
It wasn’t a gift I put much thought into. He said he wanted it, so I bought it for him. But perhaps it wasn’t such a gift after all. Perhaps it will put the very ideas in his head that I am working so hard to prevent. I want him to be a conscious caretaker of his world, and I want him to know that mass produced food from factory farms is as little like food as it can possibly be without being plastic.
Next time, I think I be a little more aware of what it is I am giving my son when I give him a gift.