Every year the friendly face of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, gives himself a personal challenge. One year it was tie wearing, the next it was eating what he killed.
Essentially this personal challenge came down to this direct quote,
“eventually decided that forcing myself to get personally involved and thank the animals whose lives I take in order to eat them was the best day-to-day way to remind myself to be thankful. So every day when I can’t eat meat I am reminded of why not and how lucky I am, and when I do get the chance to eat meat it’s especially good. This challenge also has the benefit of making me generally healthier, and I’m also learning a lot about sustainable living”
You can read his full announcement on Facebook in 2011 here.
This opened up the path for hundreds of people to start thinking and thanking our planet, removing our sense of entitlement and really being grateful for the sacrifice of our animals, plants and produce.
Then it went one step further when Mark Zuckerberg reportedly paying more than $100 million for a swathe of land in Hawaii where he created a private getaway befitting one of the world’s richest men and provide organic food for him and his family.
The Facebook chief executive bought part of Kauai which is the fourth largest of the Hawaiian islands and as Forbes magazine reported at the time,
His 700 acres on the north shore will include a pristine white sand beach, a former sugarcane plantation, and an organic farm. Under Hawaiian law the the beach will have to remain open to he public as the state has no private stretches of sand.
Zuckerberg, 30, who is worth around $33 billion, is the second Silicon Valley billionaire to buy up part of Hawaii. Oracle chairman Larry Ellison purchased the whole of Lanai, Hawaii’s sixth largest island, for up to $600 million, both use the land for private retreats but it’s Zuckerberg who is farming his own private supply source of food.
Zuckerberg’s farm was a former sugar plantation, so it has lots of fertile soil, a nice level topography, plenty of sufficient water for irrigation, and of course a mild climate (with little annual variation) meaning you could grow year round organic produce and enough organic meat to last a long time.
If you don’t have 100 million to buy an Island farm that’s no problem.
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