“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to it’s liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.”

Thomas Jefferson

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I realize that I’m speaking to the choir, here, but please (please!) watch this short video clip from We are What We Eat, the Movie, and let it light a fire beneath you.  And know this: Big agri-business cares about you only in so far as you can provide them with some small bit of profit.  I’d go so far as to say that that if you were on fire, these money-whores wouldn’t make the effort to piss on you to put you out — unless, of course, they were able to extract a buck from your burnt-crisp body before hand.   We must take back control of our food supply system.  In the same way that stupidity and sheer greed has made a wreck of the world’s financial system, the same mindset will eventually undermine our food supply system — and in the process, wreck the health of millions upon millions, all for the profit-gains of a greedy few.  Don’t think that there aren’t some Bernie Madoff’s in the upper echelons of agri-business?  Think again.  There are few things that I get wildly passionate about — low-lifes attempting to profit at the expense of my and my family’s health is one of them.

Take a good, long look around the WAWWE site, especially the “more clips” section, and become informed on these issues.  We really can make a difference.

Meesus TTP is giving my letter to Congressman Butterfield an editorial once-over before I send it out on Monday.  This particular missive is in opposition to the UDSA’s proposed, insidious, NAIS regulations; I’ve got others in the hopper voicing my opposition to HR 875 and HR 759.  Following this will be the local paper(s) OpEd barrage.  I’ll also attempt to get an OpEd in over at the USA Today.  I’ll post all of these letters here — feel free to plagiarizer them at will, and harass your own congressman, and local paper editors.

In health,

Keith

5 COMMENTS

  1. I’m watching the video now, but I just wanted to say the following:

    The problem with the food supply is not “greed.” Farmers — whatever their size — can and ought to seek profits like every other business. The fundamental problem is the massive distortion of the markets by regulations, subsidies, and the like — plus the kind of short-term, concrete-bound thinking promoted by the all-embracing nanny state. The result is much pressure — and a great deal of outright force — against sensible agricultural policies.

    (That’s also what caused the financial crisis, not “greed.” Companies don’t make money by making loans that people can’t repay!)

    For details on government interference in agriculture, see Free Agriculture – Restore Markets (FA/RM): http://fa-rm.org/

    • Diana,
      Point taken, and I couldn’t agree more. I should clarify that, as a Freidman-style, free-marketer, I am fully in support of a profit-driven, free market place. I use “greed”, here in the over-blown, negative-connotation sense of the word.

  2. To speak about “greed” as the cause of the current failures seen in the markets (financial, agricultural, whatever) is to concede everything to the socialists. The profit motive is not evil: it is positive good that people want to make piles of money and enjoy their lives to the fullest. Absent massive government violations of rights, as we have today, the only reliable way of doing that is by acting honestly, justly, and productively — and thinking long-range.

    “Greed” is a word very much like “selfish.” It’s used to condemn good people and good acts by murky and unjust association, e.g. to equate the hard-working, honest entrepreneur with a petty swindler because both seek wealth. That’s very wrong.

    Also, having just read “Free to Choose” for the first time, I’d have to say that Friedman doesn’t much understand what free markets are, nor how to defend them. Some of the book is decent, but much of it is remarkably statist.

    (Okay, hopping off my philosophical soapbox now.)

  3. Dear Keith,

    This post is very timely for me. I recently searched the web for a good quality and affordable source for grass-fed beef and wanted to share this site with your readers. Ted Slanker really understands the importance of nutrition and the essays on this link are very informative. http://www.texasgrassfedbeef.com/focusing_on_nutrition.htm
    Thank you for bringing this topic to our attention.

    Best regards,
    Kyle

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