The Butter Cow
We can carve a cow from butter and put it on display in a refrigerated box and stand in wonder of it. We can take the butter from a cow and when she can no longer produce it economically, we can carve the meat from her bones and sell it to subsidize the cheapness of industrial milk. We can benefit from this subsidizing, seeing the cow as merely a source of tongue pleasing foodstuffs, or….
“In the morning we were reading. How they were happy, the inhabitants of Vrndavana with Krsna and living and cows. That I want to introduce. At any cost do it and... Don't bother about big, big buildings. It is not required. Useless waste of time. Produce. Make the whole field green. See that. Then whole economic question solved. Then you eat sumptuous. Eat sumptuously. The animal is happy. The animal even does not give milk; let them eat and pass stool and urine. That is welcome. After all, eating, they will pass stool. So that is beneficial, not that simple milk is beneficial. Even the stool is beneficial. Therefore I am asking so much here and..., "Farm, farm, farm, farm..." That is not my program -- Krsna's program. Annad bhavanti bhutani [Bg. 3.14]. Produce greenness everywhere, everywhere. Vrndavana. It is not this motorcar civilization…”
May 27, 1977, Vrndavana
How to do this, that is the challenge, stipulating in advance that most devotees will live in urban areas. Think “vicarious cow protection”. Some plans for this have been developed, it remains to see who shall become the leader to carry it forward. Now, it appears to be a low priority. Would be nice to live long enough to see some concrete progress made in this area.