Everything connects to everything, always.
We have this compartmentalized American reality in which nothing touches anything else and specialization rules. Doctors think that nutrition doesn’t have anything to do with health because they’ve been taught to believe the compartmentalized view of reality.
As soon as we understand that all things are interconnected, it fundamentally changes the way we look at the world around us. By seeing ourselves as part of web that touches all the things we’re aware of, and knowing that our actions touch people in ways we won’t be aware of, we’re able to maintain a more intuitive sense of balance in the world.
Further, the more we consume high-quality, grass-fed meats and vegetables, and the less we medicate ourselves with grains and sugars, the more clear our vision of this balanced world becomes. We’re being systematically dumbed down as a populace, and it’s hurting our productivity and potential for the future.
We’ve allowed ourselves to be manipulated into putting profits first, which means that big business wins every time. Creating a system that tries to legislate morality inherently means that good folks will have to jump through onerous regulatory hoops while immoral people will break the rules just like they will no matter what. By creating a system that’s too big to be personal, we require the need for certification that opens the door to self-replicating bureaucrats.
An Alternative to Bureaucrat-Regulated Farms
If my customers know me as their farmer, and know that my life-goal is to produce quality food for them to eat, then they also know as a logical extension of this that I’m always going to strive to provide the best that I can to them. That if something bad happens they can trust that it was an honest mistake on my part.
If I get sick from something I bought at Safeway, I don’t have anyone to talk to about it, but if someone gets sick from Casey, they know exactly where he is. This creates an inherent feedback loop that makes me likely to use good practices because I care about my people and I want to maintain my good name and reputation in the community. By letting businesses genuinely float for themselves without governmental regulation would genuinely let the best and brightest rise to the surface and would get rid of quite a few stinkers who are totally protected under the current system.
A great example is meat processing. If it were simple, we’d just have an allowable microbial PPM standard and any meat that passes is then clean and could be sold. What we actually have is a system that requires a million-dollar packaging and processing facility complete with separate bathrooms for inspectors just to process one cow.
This system inherently stifles small, upstart meat production to the vast benefit of the large, corporate operations who send their armies of lobbyists in to create the legislation that defines the onerous regulations in the first place. Billion-dollar corporate oligopolists can easily afford the heavy fees instituted, and because the scalability is highly limited, we have a meat-packing monopoly of which the Beef-Trust of the past could only have dreamed.
Cannabis isn’t the Only Agriculture-based Felony That Farmers Face
By making it illegal for me to purchase products my neighbors have raised, the government forces us out of a local, barter, community-based system into a disconnected, money-for-product transaction that generates tax revenue and can be documented and looked after.
They’ve outlawed the basic agrarian structure of food production this country was built on. I can get in as much trouble for selling my neighbor a gallon of milk as I can for selling him a pound of weed. Both things can be felony offenses, and both should be regarded as fundamental human rights that have been taken from us. The fact that I get my meat cut up at a certified butcher who gives it back in beautiful wrapped packages but has to stamp “not for sale” on each on is untenable and ridiculous.
Centralizing our processing in the name of efficiency and food-safety creates a centralized processing system that is inherently more vulnerable and dangerous than a decentralized system based on millions of small farms producing and selling their products to people in their food-shed.
Operating as though fuel is cheap and infinite has created a fundamentally unsustainable world, but repairing the damage is easy. We need to re-assume responsibility for ourselves and actually live life. Eating some crap to sit in traffic and do something stupid to eat some crap and sit in traffic and watch something stupid is no way to live life. As a culture, we need more sunshine, fresh, whole foods and we need to spend our time producing these things.
In doing so, we’ll create a better us who will enjoy a dramatically better tomorrow.