“The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the cracks in a corporate-focused system supported by polices that favor profits at any cost.”
Christopher Cook, author of the author of Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis, writes this article in the Guardian May 7, 2020:
“Crises tend to expose pre-existing societal malfunctions, and the Covid-19 pandemic has provided a bleak view into our political and economic soul. This March and April, even as an astounding 30 million Americans plunged into unemployment and food bank needs soared, farmers across the US destroyed heartbreaking amounts of food to stem mounting financial losses.”
Some clarifying comments from the public:
Food is not a commodity, it is a human right. As are healthcare and shelter or housing. Capitalism has surreptitiously moved the goalposts with a few false arguments and the appearance of prosperity, subverting Democracy. Let us be reminded that modern democracy was born alongside Utilitarianism, in its goal to provide the greatest good for the greatest number: not for kings or lords but everyone–with corrective measures for inclusion of the uncounted (the various civil rights corrections): democracy is an ethical project.
Vertical integration of food, speculation on housing and healthcare are a wolf in sheep’s clothing: the greatest good for the 1%, and while the going is good, the mirage that everyone can be part of that 1%–a mathematical impossibility. When disaster strikes, the 99% goes to hell, our current predicament.
Democracy needs a new ethical correction.
Food produced by these monster agribusinesses is also low quality and most of it is full of hormones and chemicals they use to grow their products and fast rates. In addition, they are so big, that of e-coli or other bacteria get into the production stream it infects hundreds of thousands of pounds of meat that must be destroyed (if they even catch it on time) lest it taint the consumption supply. Support your niche locally produced organic meat and poultry producers and local organic farms from smaller sourced producers and enjoy better quality, safer, and healthier foods. Turn away from the giant producers.