Big food lobby

This remarkable link has amazing aerial photos of industrial agricultural production on an unimaginable scale in the US. It is accompanied by an article by Micahel Pollan that shows how attempts by the Obamas to ‘take on’ the big food producers have been largely thwarted by powerful political lobbying from the corporate giants.

The massive output of industrial food production (‘farming’ is hardly the appropriate word any more) has, of course, contributed to exponential human population increase as well as the spread of obesity in human populations. It is thus a key factor in contributing to the overshooting of the earth’s capacity to sustain current human impacts on the natural world. The sheer enormity of the images in the link above leaves us in no doubt that we live in an age rightly labelled as the Anthropocene Era.

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