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…the Greater Known Universe plays host to the planet Earth which, for a very short portion of its existence, has played host to a race of creatures known as humans. During their short lived (and current) stay on this blue-green marble humans have had an ever-evolving diet first consisting of plant things found within their immediate suroundings, then after the invention of the Barbecue Grill (aka fire) craftier bipeds found ways of spearing, snaring, or otherwise killing other living creatures for which to share the heat of the barbecue, albeit in much closer proximity than the hunters themselves. These were simpler times, with the mortality of these humans mainly dictated by the surrounding environment.
Then one day, many thousands and thousands of days ago, a few humans thought to themselves “there must be a way to live in one place, yet still manage to feed our people.” This is the day that the concept of agriculture was born. Agriculture would prove to be one of the most powerful forces in developing the various cultures and cuisines of the humans around the Marble. Our ancestral upright walking/thinking organism worked their respective lands growing the crops supported by local climates and dined upon a constant regional cuisine.
As time drew forth some of the humans saw much more in agriculture than just feeding one another…they saw that it could be a BIG BUSINESS. More land, more workers, more food (for the wealthy classes), more profit, more greed all followed. First there were those that worked the lands of the powerfull, then the industrial age came and paved the road to where we are now.
The current year relative to time known by we, the people is two thousand no hundreds and twelve. The current state of agriculture is that of power, money, pollution, corruption, lobbyists, politics, and laws made by giant companies which are designed to strip the small farmer of their rights to work the land if they raise but a word against the powers that be. BUT on the other hand the dining community has been trying to move towards a diet of locally raised produce, humanely treated livestock…a diet free of the chemicals and genetically modified dna fund in the products of Big Agriculture. People are trying to move back to the beginnigg, when things were simple, where every single meal was a “100 mile” meal, and where you either raised your food yourself or you knew the farmer that did. Big Ag doesn’t like this insolence.
People, Big Ag has been trying to kill you for your entire life. Maybe this isn’t the intended outcome of their greed, but you can can look at the state of world health versus the “advancements” in agriculture over recent history and see that as agriculture advances (and more chemical laden, cheap, processed foods are made available), the state of human health slowly declines (cancer, obesity, more cancer, more obesity).
It makes this cook think hard about what the world would be like today if agriculture had remained as it was, a way of subsisiting off the land instead of a huge money business.
What would a world without clothing, restaurants, late-breaking news items, or blogs hyping “locally grown” foods be like?
I suppose if everything was local, this blog would just be called “Grown” to avoid redundancy (like we ever avoid THAT).
Or maybe just “Groan.”
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