Sunday, February 01, 2009

The Future of Food

PETA seems to me to be a goofy organization that does stupid stunts like throw blood and flour on people wearing leather and fur. I don't get it. I wonder how many of them eat fish or call the exterminator when termites swarm out of their baseboards? If PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals...mostly the cute fuzzy kind) wanted to get me behind them they would give up all that irritating stuff that is more likely to get one of their noses broken than stop people from wearing leather. Instead they would go after CAFO's.
CAFO stands for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, and it is probably the single most environmentally devastating farming practice this side of mowing down the Amazon rain forest to graze cattle. It destroys the watershed it drains into and has ruined the health of a lot of people who used to make their livelihood on the coastal rivers of North Carolina. CAFO's produce bad meat on top of everything else they do bad. If you don't believe me, try making contact with a local farmer and buy some farm raised pork. it's harder to do than it ought to be, but you won't believe the taste. Really! It tastes just like pig! Same thing for chicken and beef.
So anyway, this came up when I cracked open a homegrown egg this morning to make pancakes. First of all it took two shots to crack the shell and then the yellow was...well, yellow. Deep orange yellow. I've been talking to folks about getting a farmer's market going around here but there aren't that many farmers left. We need to encourage them. Looking around I found this amazing article with a manifesto and everything aimed at restoring FOOD to it's rightful healthy place in our society.
Cute name, right? It looks very doable. Think about it...Healthy food in schools, end massive subsidies for huge corporate farms, and make the food labels tell you what you're eating. What? A food label that tells you what's in the stuff you are about to serve to your children? Sounds socialist to me.
And I'm all for it.

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