Wendell Berry’s assertion that “Eating is an agricultural act” points to the power of our food choices to determine market values for farm products and therefore to influence agricultural economics and farm practices.
From there one might assume that government policies on agriculture are similarly shaped by the collective thoughts and values of our society. One might further assume that these values would include a reasonable livelihood for people who farm, and that most people would want animals raised for food to be well treated and maintained in a state of health as long as they live – not confined in feedlots. But these assumptions overlook the political power of large corporations, to which our government gives the same rights as people.
Hit return/enter after typing in your search term.