Drop the chicken and no one gets hurt

So i was just walking down the street the other day and this guy in a trenchcoat sidled up to me and offered me some milk. Now i’ll partake in a little cabbage now and again…recreationally, of course and i disagree that it’s gateway produce because i never touch milk. On special occasions i’ll even fool around with beets, but i’m not “in the scene” or anything. Good thing too, because The Man is starting to crack down.

Now i don’t know about you, but i’m pretty sure that we have better things to spend tax dollars on than busting raw milk rings.

Fuck it. I give up. I don’t even know what to say. In several states it’s now less dangerous to grow weed than it is to posses chickens, fermented vegetables and unpasteurized dairy.

Just say No to self-sufficiency and real food. Here, have a USDA approved Cheeto.

Frankly, i trust a farmer to slaughter livestock well and cleanly more than i trust any USDA overseen abattoir. And the reason that farmers are selling black market chickens is that meeting government regulations for slaughtering livestock would require building an office with a dedicated phone line and a bathroom for a USDA inspector…among other things. Now any idiot can walk into the Secretary of State (DMV) and get a license to hurl 4000 lbs of steel down a road at 70 mph, but a farmer can’t take a class, pass a test and kill a fucking chicken. That makes sense.

And the government approved slaughters of livestock pretty consistently get shit all over the meat, which the government overseers never seem to catch until a million elementary school kids have eaten shit-tainted hamburgers.

This being the same government that doesn’t think twice about allowing American babies to stick known-to-be-toxic plastic softeners into their mouths (in teething toys). And here they are defending the children from the evil that is unpasteurized milk. Makes me wonder how humanity ever made it to Louis in the first place.

You don’t have to look far to find a growing movement that’s all about end-running the industrial food chain. I guess that’s a threat to big business and big government, or at least they perceive it as one, because i’ve never read a news report about regulators infiltrating agricultural conglomerates to prove that they’re willfully (for the sake of the almighty dollar) putting consumers at risk. The regulatory answer to safety problems in the industrial food chain revolves around irradiation and the like. In other words, not fixing the actual problems but rather attempting to provide an after-the-fact fix.

Now say that you got sick from eating a tainted Krusty Burger, real sick with big medical bills and the like. What do you think the odds of getting justice would be? Krusty Burger would say it wasn’t their fault because they bought the meat in good faith. The meat processor would say that there’s no way it could have known. The USDA would say that since it only inspects about 2% of the meat running through the system, it’s doing the best that it can. Liability would be limited to the vanishing point.

On the other hand, if you bought some raw milk from a farmer and got sick you’d go directly to the farmer. You might not get any financial compensation because chances are good that the farmer’s barely making ends meet and working an off-farm job to pay the bills. But an event like that would probably ruin the farmer’s business because word would travel fast through the small community that purchases the farmer’s goods.

So the small farmer has everything to lose by selling an inferior (or dangerous) product. That’s simply not the case with big producers…the ones that donate to political campaigns and get their former employees assigned to regulatory agencies.

In any case, the US government seems intent to make farming a revolutionary activity. Which only proves that it sees people opting out of the corporate-government system as a real threat.


~ by Lex on July 16, 2010.

One Response to “Drop the chicken and no one gets hurt”

  1. Keep the faith

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