Monday, March 17, 2008

Resistance is futile...

The problem with agrarian production, as I remind y'all way too much, is it's non-scalable. In other words, in order to get enough Hyphenated Food (free-range, grass-fed, cage-free, etc.) you necessarily have to adopt industrial techniques like technology and management.

Some evidence for this assertion from the organic sector, which has seemingly fallen into foodie disfavor because organic production is largely being supplied by big companies.


Despite complying with the rules, many food advocates are outraged at large operations providing products they imagined would come from smaller and frankly, quainter farms.

The rise in the local food movement underscores this disappointment. My own feeling is it's not really about the food characteristics - it's about the desire for an attractive and pleasantly rustic rural population to grace modern life at the convenience of non-farmers.

Yeah - and I'd like a gracious and sophisticated urban environment when I go to the city.

You can't always get what you want, folks. Deal with it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

..this may be a bit rough..
The old saying goes, "if you turn Hell upside down it would have a "Made in China" label on it." Possibly, and it would be marketed thru Wal-Mart.