posted on Jun, 17 2008 @ 12:49 PM
There is a tendency in this day and age to always try to find a scapegoat to lay blame on. Something or someone that the "powers that be" can hold
up and say, " Here's the guilty party! Everythings under control! Now go buy some tomatoes, or bananas, or an I-pod, or anything .... please!"
In my opinion we are beginning to see the resulting unintended consequences of of our handling of a number of factors.
Whiteraven's post provides a good look at how it was almost everywhere in America outside the cities as little as 1 generation past. You knew where
your food was from. Even in the cities most of your produce and meats and milk came from someplace right outside town. We had a very much agricultural
based economy and it had worked well since before the revolutionary war.
Have you ever noticed in a drive through the country how the small towns are spaced about 5 miles apart? In many places there will be little more than
a cluster of old houses and a 4 way stop left anymore. All that remains of a once bustling small town. My point is, most of the food only traveled
less than 5 miles to market. And since we had been an agricultural society for better than 300 years the farmers had a great deal of understanding
passed down through the generations of good farming practices. Such as being careful how and when you use raw manure from the barn to fertilize the
garden and fields, and using crop rotations to deter diseases, weeds and pests, rather than relying on chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and
Indoor plumbing and the benefits it provides have only become a widespread innovation rather recently, mostly after WW2. Prior to this a bath was a
rather rare occurance, once a month if you were lucky, once a week if the people around you were lucky. The effect though, was that you were exposed
to germs on a regular basis and built up an immunity to them. They were for the most part local germs as well, because people and produce just didn't
move very far or very fast. Automobiles got bigger and faster and it became easier to get produce to markets where the price was higher. But a farmer
has things to do like water and feed livestock, a morning wagon ride to town with a load of veggies and eggs was one thing, a 5 day trip to the bigger
cities is another, thus the middlemen come in, adding another set of germy hands to the produce. After ww2 they built the Eisenhower Freeway system
and suddenly we could go coast to coast in record time. Of course the germs went with us at record speed as well.
Rewind a bit to the discovery and subsequent widespread use of penicillin. Hailed as a miracle cure and overused to the point of being almost useless
now for many of the germs it once killed, because... surprise! ...surprise! the germs have an immunity system just like us.
So the perfect germ storm begins to come together. Produce that once was picked only hours before by a farmer a couple miles and most likely only
touched by his hands, became produce picked many hundreds or even thousands of miles away and touched by many hands, then left to cultivate a healthy
bacterial colony while the produce is in transit. Bodies that were once regularly exposed to germs on a daily basis and had a healthy immunity built
up are being washed with "anti-bacterial" soap (as if soap wasn't antibacterial all along) rather regularly, so we are less exposed to the germs
and our natural immunity is decreased. Then as a coup-de-grace our overuse of antibiotics has bred new and improved germs, stronger, faster and more
We have been brought to this point by a whole host of things that I will boil down to only economics and greed for the purpose of this post. But when
I see some sort of quasi-official on the news saying " We caught Juan taking a dump in the tomato field, he's been deported. Go buy some tomatoes
I'll just shake my head and go water my garden.