Some silly ole states and silly ole towns are trying to make life unbearable difficult for the patriotic industrial food processors of America. When will these silly ole cancer-hating fuddy duddies realize that labeling food with warnings about poisonous ingredients is so 20th century. This is the future, my friends: time to close your eyes and eat the food that ADM promises is oh-so-tasty and oh-so-nutritious (and just because ADM is holding its hand behind its back does not mean that it is crossing its fingers–you are way too paranoid!).
Archive for February, 2006
The Pentagon, ever watchful for wasteful spending and corrupt accounting practices, has decided to pay Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brownose & Root pretty much everything it (KBR) wants.
North Pole newsflash: New for Christmas 2006 — Santa to give coal to nice children, toys to naughty children.
Congratulations to Kelly, Chelsea Green’s superstar sales & marketing manager, who is ALSO a superstar cook. How do we know? She won the grand prize in Pacific Foods’ recent recipe contest. Not too shabby.
Diane Wilson‘s friends at Pesticide Action Network, on behalf of Honorable Governor Rick Perry, cordially requested contact the governor with your opinion regarding whether or not Texas should be the toxic waste armpit of America.
Okay, so they didn’t heal anybody, but at least they gave a booster shot to a moral system that’s being abused and broken.
Everywhere it is introduced, factory farming creates ecological and public health disasters, from new animal and human diseases to air and water pollution to the loss of livestock genetic resources. Factory farms crowd hundreds of thousands of animals together with little natural light or fresh air, creating a ripe environment for breeding disease. Waste from the animals is collected in large lagoons where it can seep into nearby waterways, contaminate groundwater, and spread a sickening stench for miles. Workers in meat processing plants work long hours in miserable conditions and have among the highest accident rates in the United States. All of this is done with an eye towards minimizing costs and maximizing profits with little regard for human, environmental, or animal welfare.
Rethinking the global meat industry is not just about keeping factory farms safe from disease outbreaks and mitigating their environmental effects. The real challenge, and the real reward, will come from taking a different approach to the way we raise food. Reversing the factory farm tide will require thinking about farming systems as more than a source of economic wealth. We must recognize that preserving prosperous family farms and their landscapes and raising healthy and humanely treated animals are their own form of affluence.
So writes Danielle Nierenberg in the State of the World 2006.
Is this really the future we want?
The folks over at the Institute for Policy Studies generally have a keen view of things. Like for instance how the seeming failures of Bush’s policies often are actually exactly what the administration is after.
Okay, so without doubt Bush’s energy policies have been ultra mega double-suck, but don’t forget that our decades-long failure to act has been going on for, well, decades. Still, the new hubub over energy since Bush began his new tactic of admitting to the existence of a problem means this is the time to get the message out far and wide and deep so it sticks for good.
April 15 looms larger every day. Federal taxes get most of the press, but the tax bite is downright rabid in many states. A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities lists those states that impose income taxes even on families below the official poverty line. In 16 states, even a single parent with two children, living below the poverty line, is liable for income tax. Dude, that is harsh.