We need more people like Impulsivefarmer who can remind us just how bad the “good old days” really were. It wasn’t some golden age where everyone ate of the fruits of the fields and lived to a ripe old age in glowing health. Before the pure food and drug laws came on-line and were actively
Dissenting Opinion and in no way a Personal Attack.
I understand completely. It feels good. Somebody is looking out for us right? Protecting us from the evils of corporate farming. And, in many ways it has worked. Many diseases were completely wiped out. Of course this was over 60 years ago.
I do not trust the FDA or the USDA at all. Not because of what they accomplished in the past, it was marvelous. Because of what they are doing today.
They are corporate whores and I shouldn’t say that because I like whores. Whores are honest about what they do. The FDA and USDA are not. Today they are the gate keepers to the market. They allow corporations to spray processed foods with ammonia, pump them full of growth hormone and antibiotics, feed them gmo’s and put a stamp on it calling it safe. I disagree that this is safe for consumption and that feed lots and modern agriculture is safe and sustainable.
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Please feel free to dissent!!! One of the worst things about modern culture is that people self-censor what they read and listen to, and avoid content they don’t agree with. How in the world can we ever learn anything new and important if we automatically reject information and opinions that don’t agree with our beliefs?
That being said, I actually agree with a lot of your comments. Thanks to constant tinkering by Congress and pretty much every president, the FDA and USDA have been turned into organizations that are pretty much a joke these days. They’ve turned into little more than agencies which exist merely to stamp their mark of approval on just about anything developed by companies with enough money to
bribe ‘lobby’ a congressweasle. For the past, oh, 10-20 years, the regulations coming out of those two agencies seem to be geared more towards supporting the multinational agribusiness companies and pharmaceutical companies, while at the same time instituting regulations that make it increasingly difficult for small, independent producers to compete in the marketplace, or prevent them from getting on the market at all.
I dissent more on facebook than tumblr. I haven’t quite figured out tumblr the way I have figured out facebook. Plus, I’ve been told I should come with a warning label, “Take infrequently and sparingly.”:) So in general I try to limit myself to one foamy mouth rant a day, and it’s usually on facebook because it’s easier for me.
I have often wondered if people actually knew what was really happening and what was really in their food,”What would they do?” I remember my journey from Neocon to conservative democrat to libertarian to nothing. Generally people have to discover things themselves to change rather than be assaulted with information and opinions.
Over the years I have become better at tamping down the fervor and communicating from a place of acceptance and understanding. I often still fail at this.
Since my goal is to be inclusive and not exclusive I tend to let most stuff go with most people unless I feel someone is open minded. I’ve been cyber stalking your blog for awhile so I felt this was the case with you so I let loose a bit:)
Now if you think you can handle the full monty, you can check out my facebook profile and my real estate blogs. However, you have been warned!:) I save most of my righteous indignation for US and World fiscal policies and personal/civil liberties. Maybe after an easy day and several drinks you can wonder over. Just have the back button ready in case:)
Here, on tumblr, I just want to encourage people to grow their own food.
What goes around comes around, in more ways than one. I agree that the good old days were no picnic. I also think that corporates being beholden to nobody but shareholders, they need keeping an eye on. The big, big difference with industrial food is that small problems can affect thousands of people. If big industrial food had to pay the externalities, it wouldn’t be nearly as profitable.