Tuesday, December 25, 2007


"To call a practice or system unsustainable is not just to lodge an objection based on aesthetics, say, or fairness or some ideal of environmental rectitude. What it means is that the practice or process can’t go on indefinitely because it is destroying the very conditions on which it depends. It means that, as the Marxists used to say, there are internal contradictions that sooner or later will lead to a breakdown.

Two stories in the news this year, stories that on their faces would seem to have nothing to do with each other let alone with agriculture, may point to an imminent breakdown in the way we’re growing food today.

The first story is about MRSA, the very scary antibiotic-resistant strain of Staphylococcus bacteria that is now killing more Americans each year than AIDS—

The second story is about honeybees, which have endured their own mysterious epidemic this past year. Colony Collapse Disorder was first identified in 2006" (Thanks Leila).

Excellent and timely article from the NYT. Read to see what the intensification of food systems and their total control by the food and farm industry is leading to. In the US, country of control, standards and quality.

1 comment:

Leila Abu-Saba said...

All the more reason to eat little or no meat, and that only if it's sustainably farmed at local, family-owned ranches.

I'm happy to say I can even eat local honey - there's a fellow in my neighborhood who keeps bees and sells the product at the local market. His very bees hover on my rosemary bushes late into autumn.