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Factory Farming: What’s Really in Your Milk Carton?

July 5th, 2012

For a long time I’ve been aware of many problems, ethical & otherwise, inherent in the sort of subsidized, large-scale “factory” farms that dominate the food marketplace in most of the developed world. The subsidies distort and falisfy market signals, encouraging over-consumption by making meat, dairy, poultry, etc., appear relatively less expensive than other competing, unsubsidized foods. Accordingly, the volume of animals raised purely for slaughter is much higher than it would be in a truly free market.

Even if I can’t pinpoint the threshold that makes it “wrong”, what’s obvious to me is that we’re not in some grey area, “humane” is not even a blip on the radar; along the continuum between survival and sadism, today’s large-scale factory farms are far closer to the latter.

I never really thought how this process translates to dairy milk production, but thanks to this infographic, now I have and it’s fucking sick.

What's really in your milk carton?

What's really in your milk carton?

I’d wager that most people, if they pause to think about things like this, would reconsider (or at least want to reconsider) their reliance on factory farms, just like most people would think twice about eating a hamburger if it meant they personally had to drive a metal spike through the cow’s skull.

Even though it doesn’t contain the chemical additives and hormones, I’m not really sure if the organic, free-range/pastured stuff is any better.


A Note on My Absence

November 8th, 2010

In case you’re wondering, yes, I’m still alive. No, I haven’t been particularly busy.

I’ve just been rather uninspired for the last few months. It is always the same shit story on a different day, and I just don’t have the time or energy necessary to pump out the same responses to the same shit stories every time they happen.

In case you rely on this blog to fuel your ire, here is what you’ve missed:

  • Another cop/judge/politician in some Middle America abused people!
  • The drug war is still murdering people and ruining families.
  • It’s still a crime to be black in America.
  • Corporate welfare is destroying (or has destroyed, depending on whom you talk to) the middle class.
  • Innocent people somewhere are being brutalized by their government.
  • Somewhere libertarians are arguing over whether some “libertarian” is actually a “libertarian”.
  • Fox News.
  • Some celebrity released/leaked a sex tape.
  • The industrialized world is still prison raping the lesser-developed world.
  • War, or other mass and indiscriminate violence is still is the dominant mode of foreign policy in Washington and elsewhere.
  • Etc.

All of these things have happened multiple times since the last time I blogged about them, and whether I blog about them this next time they happen, they’re still going to happen again and again.

I have a bunch of stuff in the queue, some posts seem more promising than others (e.g., an anarchist’s perspective on Lean/Six Sigma — sounds provocative, doesn’t it?) and mostly non-time-sensitive material so whenever I get around to it I can finalize & post them.

But for the time being, I would not plan on a return to normalcy (i.e., daily posts or even multiple posts per week) any time soon.

If you are interested in helping me pick up the slack and contributing to No Third Solution (no matter how frequently/infrequently) get in touch with me here or DM me on Twitter (@nothirdsolution).

Stranded in London

April 20th, 2010

Those of you who don’t know me personally may be wondering where I’ve been lately.

I had the misfortune of taking a business trip to England last week. It was supposed to be quick; leave Tuesday on an overnight flight, arrive Wednesday AM, put in three long days and fly home Saturday morning.  On Thursday I was made aware that the volcano in Iceland had made that unlikely, but nobody ever having lived through a catastrophe of this magnitude, we did not know what to expect.  OK, my colleagues in London joked that perhaps I’d get to spend a weekend there, and we all kind of assumed that worst-case scenario, I might be seeing them again on Monday morning in the office.

On Saturday I had to reschedule my flight, and they put me on for Tuesday morning.  And on Monday I was informed that the Tuesday flight would also be canceled, and that now the earliest they could fly me home is Saturday.  Although I washed some socks and drawers in the bathtub, I am all but out of clean and presentable shirts and pants.

Westminster Chapel

I spent the weekend wandering London, although I haven’t really done much because it’s boring and not fun to do things by yourself. Even the things you would normally enjoy, like shopping or going to museums or grabbing a pint at the pub – all strangely depressing when you’re alone.

All things considered, I can’t complain too much other than wanting to be home.  The weather here has been absolutely fabulous although you’d think that the whole country is covered in some ominous cloud, it’s actually been quite sunny for the last 5 days and not a drop of rain. Also, the company I work for is paying for all of my lodging, most of my transportation, and most of my meals, so when I consider the situation in which any stranded non-business traveler might find herself, I’ve actually got it pretty good.

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