Artificial Control

“Of course production cannot be unbound from limits and as with all attempts at freedom beyond limits the result is violence. This violence is evident across the country in confinement chicken and pork operations. In both cases animals are bred for very particular ends such as large breasts or lean bacon that often result in a weakened gene pool. The goal is to create a series of perfectly-mirrored animals without any of the variety found in nature . These animals are then kept in large warehouse-like structures and kept in a way that is intended to maximize the speed of the animal’s weight gain with minimal losses that might affect the bottom line. The animal is not seen as an animal, but as a part of an industrial process that will result in a protein product. This is exemplified by Cargill’s move to follow the current business orientation toward providing ‘solutions’ rather than products. The pigs being raised for Cargill are a part of Cargill’s ‘Meat Solutions’ division — a pig is then reduced to a solution to a protein problem. Gone is both the joy of food and the tradition of animal husbandry — a tradition in which the words ‘products,’ ‘protein’ and ‘solution’ seem fairly out of place.”

–Ragan Sutterfield, “Farming As A Spiritual Discipline”