After reading a review written by Ted Genoways, Professor Cornwell is interest in locating and reading this book, Animal, Vegetable, Jun: From Sustainable to Suicidal. It contains a “sweeping history of our sources of food, tracking the shift from agriculture to agribusiness.” It will be interesting to understand the path for the future, as Bittman sees it, as we move forward with the nominee for the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture nominee, Tom Vilsack.
What caught Cornwell’s attention was the discussion about how agribusiness has hurt farming and agriculture in smaller rural areas. The reference was to “ranches,” which can be compared to large or factory farms. It is understood that such farms in “rural areas” have been hurt. Professor Cornwell then asks, what about non-factory farms in rural areas such as Upstate New York? Cornwell has always spoken up about the destruction of small business, the backbone of America as it developed, with big corporate “boxes” created by “free market” methods with which Cornwell has no stomach. It has been written that “free markets” are good for some who pick themselves up from nothing and become huge corporations in the process, only to then destroy the “free markets.” This idea can be considered analogous to another an issue discussed in another book review in this edition of the New York Times (“Pilgrim Law,” by Frances J. Bremer in a review of Tobey Pearl’s book, Terror to the Wicked: America’s First Trial by Jury That Ended a War and Helped to Form a Nation). This would be idea that religious organizations which have seen discrimination against their own people but then they become the “discriminators.” Same thing with “free market” advocates like Libertarians and anarchists as big corporations are developed into monopoly-style businesses and then work, like Roman gladiators, to destroy the competition. Religious groups work to destroy the competition, the same as Roman gladiators did to Christians and others in the arenas of Ancient Rome. Dictatorship.
To justify this sense of being “unchecked corporatization” and “laissez-faire economics,” The discussion centers on the “delineation” between this activity in America to what Joseph Stalin did to agriculture in the former Soviet Union. Professor Cornwell has been discussing facts that there IS no delineation between centralized economics of big corporate monopolized industries of ANY kind, to what the big communes of the former Soviet Union. Both are based on supply side economics with no concern for the demand side, which is truly a major part of capitalism and capitalist competition which can be controlled by regulatory practices from a third party: the government. Otherwise, we end up with the supply side of the economic picture regulating itself, similar to a government which controls the supply side by removing corporate businesses completely. Both are dictatorial and in the case of the USA, there is too much influence by the big corporate giants and the 1% of those who own the resources, of our government by way of PACs and lobbyists. Does this type of lobbyist and PAC influence exist in Senator Bernie Sanders’s home state of Vermont? Do not big corporations exist in Vermont only in more densely populated areas of the state, thus helping to make the small businesses more like King David, the underdog, when fighting the big Goliath of the industries?
New York state and other states, too, lose out (perhaps Vermont, too?), due to the hills. Such states were once the largest producers of agricultural goods in the USA. Between Prohibition and the development of factory farms, New York is one state which has been hurt. After all, with soil in hilly areas, big factory farm equipment is unusable. Cornwell’s late father mentioned this when asked why there are no factory farms in New York. Was he correct?
In the hills of Pennsylvania, the observation which could be made is that its industry was the coal industry. Now, without the coal industry, what about factory farms on the hills of Pennsylvania? One could say that Upstate New York and Pennsylvania, with the hills, are hurt by the factory farms.
What was not mentioned in this review of a book was the impact of the fast food industry on the increased obesity and rates of type II diabetes in America. Certainly, America as the breadbasket of the world is one of honor for America. However, in documentaries discussing the low cost of fast foods, those who are low income have turned to the fast foods. In America, which parts of the population generally fall more into the “lower classes?” According to documentaries about the increase of diabetes, which groups of Americans have seen an increase in diabetes to a great extent?
Into the picture comes big pharma. We are delighted at the great role America takes with big pharma, yet we ignore the fact that lower class people are usually those who suffer from larger unemployment or work at jobs which do not provide healthcare insurance (as was done to America by lousy, lousy, lousy former Governor Rick Scott of Florida, now a lousy, lousy, lousy U.S. Senator and the goons who are attempting to destroy Obamacare, designed to help stimulate CAPITALIST COMPETITION, not SOCIALISM, as the liars who wish to destroy it make a lousy false claim. Professor Cornwell is angered by this attitude and its strong influence with money, over people of America.
Yes, there is a wonderful thing for lower cost fast foods. But how much fast food can one eat and then purchase trade name meds at ripoff prices. Fast food and this food industry today, with many of its retailers, do little or nothing to provide foods which are better for diabetics. Yes. “We have the bananas,” but the foods which are highlighted are GF or gluten free. All for those types of diets. Fact. Cornwell’s mother and maternal grandmother rarely ate fast foods. The diabetes developed later in life. Go ahead, twist it all around because of not being comfortable if there might be some truth to this and the truth hurts.
Thanks so much for big fat corporate conglomerate agribusiness and the fast food industry. The fast food industry like McDonald’s, was run by vicious people like Ray Kroc who worked diligently to locate new restaurants in places where there were nearby “mom and pop” restaurants. They grabbed at the “instant gratification” movement. Being blamed for this “reality” today is the development of fast food businesses, due to females of the 1960s who wanted to get out of the kitchen and go work in jobs. Oh, really? What a sad thing to consider. Perhaps it was the big corporate misogynists who just found a way to take advantage of this situation and then work for “anything goes” ideas resulting in sexual harassment?
The bumper sticker was, “Women belong in the House [of Representatives], not the kitchen.” With many female Democrats going to the “House,” Trump and his misogynist friends don’t like that. In fact, he gropes women and gets away with it, along with all the other crap for which he gets acquitted.
Today, McDonald’s wishes to replace employees with robots. Wonderful. And how is this move going to justify what happens to the supply siders in their thrust for dictatorship in America. Then we have people out of work and turning to drugs, then beef up law and order because “idle hands is the devil’s playground.”
Reading the book might help clear up anything, should there be a misunderstanding here. Do we await the availability in Upstate New York libraries or purchase one? Is there a library which rents all the newest books and checks them out to patrons? Hmmmm… That would be nice.
Folks can be thankful for the reviews in the New York Times. Folks can stay abreast of the latest books and that works, too.
My Two Cents in the First Person Mode: American White Racism
In 1977, I was offered my first teaching job. It was to teach in the schools of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I thought about this job for some time but eventually turned it down. Ultimately, I took a job teaching in upstate New York.
I turned down this job because I felt uncomfortable moving to a strange land. Yet, the number of times I had visited Canada up to that point in 1977. Why did I turn down the job? Answer could be a lack of confidence. That is all “water under the bridge” and I cannot go back to change things so as to choose the “road not taken” (Robert Frost poem).
Since that time, I have contributed to Social Security and Medicare in America. I contributed, with employers, into the healthcare insurance industry. I contributed to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association, for the sake of others plus for my future into old age and retirement. Today, I am threatened, in America, for that money in all aspects of our lives, to be stolen from me and others who have contributed into the system. The Social Security shortfall can be solved by removing the “cap” which stops those in the upper Middle Class to contribute more into the system by way of FICA. Contrary to the bull manure of Reagan, the problem is not the government. The problem is the thieves who wish to take away our money and those are the ones too strongly INFLUENCING our government.
To pursue retirement in Canada now, there is no possibility unless I have millions of dollars. Why? Because they understand the ideas of capitalist investment and return on investment better than the jackasses of America who make Canada out to be “socialist.” Bull manure. That is a lie for which too many Americans take as being the truth. Tell it over and over again and such a lie becomes the truth (words of Hitler’s propaganda minister, Goebbels).
The big lie being told since 1865 (and before) is that white people are superior to black people, so therefore we need to impose Jim Crow laws regarding people of color who wish to vote in elections. Too many of the Dixie jackass whites (and many other states, too), believe this lie as the truth. They believe that all black people are bad and therefore, in their paranoid state of mental illness, believe they need to have guns protected by the U.S. Constitution, in order to express their paranoid hatred. Yes, validate the 2nd Amendment with hatred and then be in denial of such a hidden agenda and coming up with all kinds of stupidity and asinine things to validate their paranoia.
Here I am, many years after turning down a job in Canada and listening to the divisive asinine American whites who create hell on earth for all of us. Here I am sometimes wishing I had abandoned the land I love for Canada. What I shame that, after some 125 years or so, we still face these jackasses and their loudmouths of power with their lies, gerrymandering election districts in Florida to the favor of white folks and repressing voters in Florida, to the favor of white folks.
Here we are in the years following Richard Nixon. Nixon who was actually more progressive on issues such as human equality and also in fighting drugs by means of rehab, faced an impeachment approved by the paranoid white racist crowd in Dixie. I speak about people like Republican Jesse Helms of North Carolina and Republican Strom Thurmond of South Carolina.
Yet, a true criminal operate in the White House from 2017-Jan. 2021, inspiring thugs of insurrection and the white supremacist loudmouths. These jackasses appear to yield so damn much power they push fear and intimidation to get their way, blocking impeachment of a criminal who performed criminal acts far worse than Nixon did. Add to this their GD interpretation of the 2nd Amendment based on hatred of a race of people, and the formula for success in blocking the conviction of the bastard criminal who occupied the White House during those years. The bastard stupid criminal who REALLY DID lose the election (SURPRISE! SURPRISE!) in November 2020. Such people are about as stupid of folks as the character Bulldog the sports man on the sitcom, Frasier, who lashed out at others each time he lost something. At least Bulldog discovered he was wrong and acknowledged it. You jackasses who believe the false stuff regarding this past election, emboldened by asinine stupid Trumpicans, need to have your heads examined for mental illness and snotty and dastardly attitudes steeped in immaturity. You have had your mental illness manufactured for you by Trump and the Tumpicans who motivate you to your lousy, snotty, bratty egotistical actions, with ignorance which leads to hurt of good Americans.
Here we are. March 26, 2021. We are forced by these people to live in hell on earth. They scare some people so much, but not me. They scare people into thinking, “let’s have peace,” but don’t consider the word, “justice.” Just as the damn Yankees in the 1850s, they wish to “appease the white racists,” for the sake of “peace.” Bull manure to that.
We demand these asinine bastards cease and desist their immature actions based on snotty and mentally ill attitudes. But what good does that do me to “demand” such a thing, right? I can’t go to Canada because I did not contribute enough into the Canadian health system, over time, so I have to live here with these jackass snots and bastards, with hope and prayers that they will stop. The hopes and prayers will continue, but with it, I refuse to stop speaking out with the hope that those with power and money will pay attention. I could receive Social Security in Canada, but not Medicare. So I would have nothing up in Canada. And then, the asinine snotty bastards here want to rid us of Social Security and Medicare with the sabotage they have invoked with their powers, over the years. Why? White supremacy and not wanting human equality for all to receive equal shares of the money from Social Security and Medicare. Capitalist returns on investments ruined by immature snots and the power they seem to wield. Then the stupidity of Mancine of West Virginia, the asinine one who wishes to uphold the filibuster, in spite of the evidence that it has been used in Congress, over many years, to ensure white supremacy. I may have agreed with Mancine at times, but may he go to hell on this one. Oh, maybe he wants to be a part of those who uphold hell on earth? That makes him right at home, does it not?
Benjamin Franklin: “to manifest justice, those unaffected need to speak up for those who are affected.” The bastards who complain the most and get the most microphones in America do not understand how well they have it in life, so they simply want to steal a good life away from others. They wish to steal “life liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for all and horde it for their GD asses only.
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