Thursday, April 21, 2005

Wendell Berry Quote

One of my favorite books is The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry. The Unsettling of America argues that today's agribusiness takes farming out of its cultural context, and is destructive to the lives of farmers and to our culture as a whole. Mr. Berry takes on the specialists and asks alot of good questions for us to ponder. I would recomend everyone read this book. The following is a quote from it that I really enjoyed.

"And nowhere now is there a market for minor produce: a bucket of cream, a hen, a few dozen eggs. One cannot sell milk from a few cows anymore; the law-required equipment is too expensive. Those markets were done away with in the name of sanitation--but, of course, to the enrichment of the large producers. We have always had to have 'a good reason' for doing away with small operators, and in modern times the good reason has often been sanitation, for which there is apparently no small or cheap technology. Future historians will no doubt remark upon the inevitable association, with us, between sanitation and filthy lucre. And it is one of the miracles of science and hygiene that the germs that used to be in our food have been replaced by poisons."

I've got to get out of here and milk the girls. I'll be posting some more Berry quotes!


At 4/22/2005 7:00 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Keep the Berry quote's comin'!

He's right on with the sanitation angle. I hear it all the time. Inspectors want to shut small guys down becuase of milk cooling reasons.

At 4/23/2005 6:22 AM, Blogger reformed farmer said...


Hey, hope your feeling better. I liked the part about replacing germs with posion!



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