I have been writing for sometime that liberals are being jerked around by their fear of bacteria and disease in the service of the FDA and USDA getting totalitarian regulations in place which are MEANT TO destroy our small farmers. But it is not easy reaching urban liberals who have such a blind faith in "science" they miss the politics altogether as well as the suffering of other human beings who are being wiped out by the liberal desire for 100% certainty they won't get sick when they eat a sandwich.
Just as the Right has sold American civil liberties down the river for an attempt at "safety from terrorists" - not minding the CENTRALIZATION of spying agencies set up with huge data banks to spy on lefties/commies/pinkos/Muslim/terrorists who threaten this country with their lack of obedience to authority/patriotism, the Left has sold American civil liberties down the river for an attempt at "food safety" - not minding that a CENTRALIZED "food safety" Department is being planned which will have huge data banks for spying on the right/rednecks/racists/farmers who threaten this country with their lack of scientific/hygienic practices.
We know what the Patriot Act did to this country. We needed to challenge the whole "terrorism is causing everything" myth to begin to see what was really going on - the fake WMD scare, the oil contracts, the Halliburton and Blackwater contracts, the undoing of civil liberties to destroy political dissent. Some on the right, such as Ron Paul, see as well having stood up to their fear of terrorism and decoupled it from a blind faith in the authority of the president and military.
The point is to see the rest of the plans to take control. Those plans are happening in the countryside. And to begin deconstructing them, it is time for the Left to give up its fear of diseases and its blind faith in the "authority of science."
Both authorities are manipulated and controlled by corporations. Both fears are as well. But right now, the Left, which has done such a powerful job of exposing the lies about the war and the dangers of the Patriot Act, is caught way behind in seeing what is happening through the lie of "food safety" - which sounds so mundane and harmless but is the Nazi- trick of using hygiene, once again, to take control.
The most advanced science is seeing bacteria as amazing and exposure to it, even bad bacteria, as critical for strong immune systems. click here
Not so oddly, farmers know this already. Farmers know a lot of science that doesn't come from books but in being grounded in life itself ends up being way ahead of the fragmented "modern science" that is used as the basis, for instance, of pasteurization, badly outmoded as a scientifically valuable tool.
It was, of course, "modern science" which devalued breast feeding, promoted bottle feeding and corporate baby formulas. The objections from mothers were treated an "anti-science" and disregarded. It took a great deal of time of and more advanced science to prove what mothers have known for thousands of years, that breast feeding is miraculous on many levels. And that milk is not pasteurized.
Farmers know things about the relation between farming and our immune systems that I had never heard and which certainly doesn't jive with the USDA's pushing the idea that indoor facilities are cleaner and thus better than a small farmer letting his chickens run loose outside in the "dirt." One told me that one of the problems with factory raised chickens (and there are so many problems ...) is that they don't get out in the dirt and so they don't get exposure to a range of bacteria and so then can't build up their immune systems. He said the eggs of those hens are worthless in terms of passing on any immunity to people.
We have been told a whalloping lot of nonsense about cleanliness and bacteria, and by corporations that benefit at each fear they can create.
Here is the US, when Bill Clinton got into office, leaving behind Arkansas rivers contaminated by waste from Tyson poultry factories and boosted to the presidency by large donations from Tyson, his USDA immediately and significantly lowered contamination standards for poultry in the US, easing Tyson's poultry-factory expansion.
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His USDA head, Espy, a close friend, was indicted for bribes, money laundering, and much more. Tyson was the largest corporate offender.
Meanwhile, in Asia, where there have been outbreaks of Bird Flu, the small farmers there were blamed - them and their 5- 10 chickens running around outside in the dirt. But it turns out the Bird Flu is related to contaminated waste from transnational poultry factories being spread out on fields there. Do they clean up the waste? Noooooo. Come on.