children? think again, fight back”]There is so much oppression and control in the world. It is overwhelming. What would happen if it just stopped? Would there be anarchy and chaos as the leaders think to justify their actions? Or would there actually be quiet peace?
I don’t know what my thoughts are on this. What I do know:
Four people died in Bahrain today peacefully protesting against the government by police controlling the crowds. They were trying to “teach them a lesson” after the media left.
The government in Cuba can control things as small how how much sugar a Cuban can buy and how much that sugar costs.
The US isn’t free of it. Our food system is one of the best examples. Continue reading
Posted in Essays, Ethical Eating
Tagged anarchy, Bahrain, commodity crops, control, CSA, cuba, direct marketing, farmers market, food miles, obesity, oppression, processed soy, S.A.D. (standard American diet), small farmers, soy, subsidies
Soy. People consume it in tofu, veggie burgers, milk, processed foods, candy, imitation lunch meats, imitation cheeses, imitation butters, imitation eggs, etamame, tempeh, and many more cultural and vege-cultural staples. It is the component of much related to protein in the vegetarian and vegan worlds. Soy is the legume of the modern era. It came out of East Asia, loved by residents of Portland and Boulder, and can produce pretty much the most protein per acre compared to any other veggie. The American Midwest is absolutely covered by it. We actually grow more of it than the stereotypical tofu-eaters the Chinese. It comprised 77.5 million acres of the US in 2009. Americans eat a lot of soy. It’s hard to pick up anything in the middle aisle of an American grocery store without the word “soy” in at least one of the ingredients. It’s abundant, it’s got subsidies, and it’s cheap as a result. Continue reading