We're growing more food than ever before!
Staples are cheaper than at any point in history! Hunger might not be completely conquered, but it's something most modern Americans don't ever have to worry about. This is good news, right?
Not if the food we're growing record amounts of, the food that is cheap and getting cheaper, the food that Americans consume and build their very bodies with every single day of their lives, is shit.
I don't mean literal shit. But it's really, really shitty.
FOOD IN AMERICA IS IN A CRISIS.
THE NEW FOOD CHAIN
(presented in classic high school procedural essay form)
- FIRST, mining operations and oil drilling extract fossil fuels.
- NEXT, factories process fossil fuels into synthetic fertilizers.
- THEN, synthetic fertilizers, along with a host of additional herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and some other cides besides, are sprayed over vast swaths of land that have been mechanically inseminated with patented genetic copies of soybeans, wheat, and corn.
- FINALLY, this whole clone commodity avalanche gets either a) ripped apart and recombined as processed food in an industrial laboratory, or b) used as feed for cages and pens packed full of sickly cows, chickens, and pigs, which are subsequently dismembered and packed in cellophane so that we can ignore the fact that we're eating animals.
Runoff from fields and feedlots is killing rivers and oceans. Modern diets high in processed carbs and commodity-fed meats are making us fat, sick, and diabetic. It's time to tear down the industrial food system.