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Do you know where your food has been?

I would like to point folks to "Blue Girl, Red State's" post on the food we eat, which discusses the change in the food we eat during an era of big and bigger business and globalization.

The Jungle

Basically, we're heading back to food from the turn of last century and Upton Sinclair's The Jungle.

The meat supply, once safe and reliable and much healthier than it is now, has seen multiple recalls in the last few months, and when the largest recall in history was issued in February after it was revealed that a meatpacking company in California was processing downer cows for distribution to the school lunch program, there was a minor uproar, but it died down, and likely very few people made any changes. That recall was just the latest.

Lack of genetic diversity  courts famine

Just ask the Irish what can happen when a country relies too heavily on one food staple  that has very little genetic diversity.

As diversity in seed crops dwindles, and Monsanto gradually takes over every facet of seed crop production, to the point that they send investigators acting like Pinkerton thugs to farms owned by people who are not even using their products, demanding records and threatening lawsuits because wind blows pollen beyond property lines and fence rows, the risk of catastrophic famine as a result of the resulting decreased genetic diversity ticks up.

Read Blue Girl's post.

This is an important topic and it touches on corporate welfare, unneeded subsidies to farmers, the dumbing down of the FDA, short term and long term health risks towards the US, rising food prices around the world, obesity, global warming, the import of adulterated and poorly inspected food from abroad, and free trade.

It would be good to know specifics on what the candidates propose to do to keep downer cows from getting in our food from the US or plastics from getting in our food from China.



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Sol: Ah, people were always lousy. But there was a world, once.

Det. Thorn: [chuckles]

Sol: I was there, I can prove it! When I was a kid, you could buy meat anywhere! Eggs they had, real butter! Not this... crap!

Sol: Why, in my day, you could buy meat anywhere! Eggs they had, real butter! Fresh lettuce in the stores.

Det. Thorn: I know, Sol, you told me before.

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