01 Dec 2010
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You Are What You Eat


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Writing in the magazine Pig Progress (September 23, 2010), Austria-based John Hodges (AMP 52, 1967),an expert on genetics and ethics in agriculture, food, and the environment, warned that the current system of agribusiness is untenable. “Driven by competition alone, human life becomes ruthless, destructive, and unsustainable,” he said. “Our treatment of livestock reflects the public worldview of self-interest and greed.”

Until the modern era, Hodges asserted, farmers and keepers of livestock understood “the importance of sustainable husbandry and of human community — living together in the creative tension of competition and cooperation.... We are now in the grip of another agricultural revolution in which Elite Capital takes control of the food chain. It is false to argue that intensification is needed to feed the world when intensification destroys the quality and sustainability of life itself.”

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