Barnyard dance

Farming that honors animals
A series of recent books, like Erich Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation, Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Andrew Kimbrell’s Fatal Harvest, have exposed the deadly side of America’s highly industrialized food production system. The system relies on monocultural crop production, extensive use of fossil fuels and chemicals, massive injections of growth hormones and antibiotics, expensive capital investment, the confinement of animals, standardized production, farming practices that erode soil and deplete groundwater, and a deceptive way of calculating gains and losses.

This is a system obsessed with control and maximum profit. It offers a technological fix for every problem—like the idea that we should irradiate our entire food system to kill the bacteria that the system creates.


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