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The factory farm: conspicuous invisibility

In Excerpts, Thoughts on March 31, 2011 at 7:09 am

Perhaps the most terrifying construction of our built environment is the factory farm. No other complex is so conspicuous and simultaneously so shrouded. So brutal and so unknown. Our economic system feeds it. Our government funds it. Our senators protect it.

Writer and teacher James Reeves on the most recent case:

“In Florida, a series of videos and photos recently captured the horrible things that corporate farms do to the animals we eat. Most of us are vaguely aware of the claustrophobia and brutality, the genetically deformed creatures tipped over in tiny cages; these videos simply illustrate the filth and slaughter of mechanized farming in detail. Senator Jim Norman responded to these upsetting images with a logical proposal: Ban photography on farms. Senate Bill 1246 would prohibit “entering onto a farm and making any audio record, photograph, or video record at the farm without the owner’s written consent.”

For a written portrait of the system—and a very thoughtful discussion of our doubts and questions—read Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals.

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