Please take a few minutes to read a harrowing, compelling essay about how single-use regulations have destroyed the possibility of humane, organic, small-scale community entities in the US: Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal, by Joel Salatin.
Our whole culture suffers from an industrial food system that has made every part disconnected from the rest.
Smelly and dirty farms are supposed to be in one place, away from people, who snuggle smugly in their cul-de-sacs and have not a clue about the out-of-sight-out-of-mind atrocities being committed to their dinner before it arrives in microwaveable, four-color-labeled, plastic packaging.
Industrial abattoirs need to be located in a not-in-my-backyard place to sequester noxious odors and sights. Finally, the retail store must be located in a commercial district surrounded by lots of pavement, handicapped access, public toilets and whatever else must be required to get food to people.
The notion that animals can be raised, processed, packaged, and sold in a model that offends neither our eyes nor noses cannot even register on the average bureaucrat's radar screen - or, more importantly, on the radar of the average consumer advocacy organization. Besides, all these single-use megalithic structures are good for the gross domestic product. Anything else is illegal.
Addressing on-farm processing, farms as community centres rather than "commodity production units", artisanship, apprenticeship, construction, and tolerance for mistfits in turn, this essay presents a devastating critique of the tyrannical fusion of corporate and state power that is racing to stamp out small-scale, local, self-sustaining communities across the US.
Sounding by turns like James Howard Kunstler and John Taylor Gatto, Salatin espouses a free, communitarian and faithful ethos that is sharply at odds with the authoritarian thrust of fear and punishment.
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