Food Over Farming

A link for you: NYT’s op-ed guy Kristof’s article suggesting changing the name, and the emphasis, of the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Food.  Briefly, his arguement is, agriculture is not about small farmers but a subsidizing a farm lobby today, and because the food products produced by that farm lobby aren’t real food.


3 Responses to “Food Over Farming”

  1. 1 ecocheap December 12, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Wow, I knew that our food system was really messed up, but that’s incredible! I think we need to start over on this one. If we’re subsidizing pork at $25/hog, just imagine what we could give to local farmers if we got rid of that subsidy and used it for something organic and close.

    Another thing about the way our food is manufactured today is the way it’s processed in large batches at centralized locations. The large batch phenomena is certainly efficient – but is also great at spreading things like salmonella, and then the efficiently processed food is loaded into refrigerated 18-wheelers and trucked to all corners of this country. That and the waste from the concentrated processing surely has a greater negative local impact… I remember driving through the stockyards along I-40 in northern Texas… brown, stinking fields as far as the eye can see. There is no ecology to speak of… cows and flies is a very very limited ecosystem.

    Anyway, no facts to go on here, but I tend to agree with Mr. Kristof.

  2. 2 BullMooser08 December 29, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    I don’t like the name of the article because it implies that food is more important than farming. But that does not make sense because we can’t have food without farming. He does make a good point about the disproportionate focus on agriculture. Instead of ignoring agricultre, why not rename it the Department of Food and Agriculture?

  3. 3 virescent January 5, 2009 at 1:54 am

    But the point of farming to to produce food and useful items, so I think the focus on the ends, rather than the means of agriculture is exactly the point.

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