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Remember: Swine flu Shenanigans

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Swine flu Shenanigans

So, swine flu might be blamed on industrial farms eh?

Well, are you surprised?

The terrible Dark Age practices of factory farming have been well documented at this point. There aren’t many informed Americans who don’t know what is going on behind the scenes of modern agriculture. Rivers and lakes of animal refuse brimming with hormones and steroids are commonplace in states like Kansas. The corn subsidies that have been in place since the seventies have laid waste to the “amber waves of grain” across our Midwest. Modern Americans are fatter and sicker than at any other time in our countries history.

Swine flu? I am surprised something worse hasn’t happened before.

Around the Lehigh Valley the counterculture of sustainable farming practice is growing. In Emmaus, Macungie, Easton and Allentown exists established Farmer’s Markets that serve as places for local sustainable farmers to sell their harvests. Over the summer, I will visit these markets and as many of these farms as I am able to and I will report back on this blog.

In the meantime, please go and visit them yourselves. I also encourage you to find local restaurants that serve food made by local farmers. Chain restaurants not only serve as the purveyors of factory farmed meat and produce but are so homogenized that they erode and ultimately destroy local food culture. The park logs will continue but check out this trailer in the meantime:

I would happily organize a meet-up at a theater around here that shows that film. Let me know if anyone is interested and I will post an update in a week or two. The film opens in June so there is time to get this going.



Blogger Katie Bee said...

I will definitely be interested in screening that film. Have you seen the trailer for "Cornography"? It's pretty recent and it's about the corn subsidies. Fairly standard Pollan stuff, but with interviews!

May 11, 2009 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Katie Bee said...

Found the trailer for the documentary:

May 11, 2009 at 5:14 PM  

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