And blockchain, the technology behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Litecoin is helping to ensure the integrity of the global food network. As we’ve said in previous posts, blockchain(s) is only going to become more a part of everyday life. One should have some understanding of it.
Dining (of all sorts) has to be the most free market/free price business there is. Competition, innovation, hard work. All things on which socialists aren’t terribly keen.
In the name of consumer safety, the USDA (Ag Department) ruined small almond growers, mostly in California, and gave their business away to big companies. It did this by suddenly requiring that all almonds be “pasteurized” using one of several methods, methods which required expensive equipment that small growers could not afford. The agency did this so suddenly that small producers had little choice but to shut down or sell out at low prices.
This is typical or how both USDA and FDA operate.
I think this is great food (get it?) for thought.
Lots of folks won’t like this post.
If it does, why is it allowing fake organic grain from who knows where to flood the US market?
What is really going on in the battle over whether hydroponic produce can call itself certified organic? A lot more than anyone is telling you.
I have to admit, I have eaten my share of hydroponically produced lettuce. But I am reconsidering my purchases going forward.
“Emperor Bezos thanks you for shopping at Whole Foods.”
Across the nation hipster trustafarians and well heeled Subaru Outback drivers are fretting. What is to come of Whole Foods now that Amazon has eaten it? The attached article is a good example of this.
But I say, fear not foodies. Life will go on. In fact it may be better under Jeff Bezos and an army of robots. Amazon isn’t interested in losing value and chasing away customers.
Ah yes, Oberlin, beacon of social consciousness in northern Ohio, safety school for those who wanted to go to Notre Dame or Carnegie Mellon, doesn’t like that the company that makes its food does so for a profit. God forbid. (Can one still say “God” at Oberlin? I’m not sure.)
Yes, the trust funders at Oberlin would apparently prefer co-op slop.(Just kidding. There is no way the privileged kids at Oberlin will stand for real co-op slop. That stuff is for hippies made of sterner stuff.)
Of course this will only prove a boon to the pizza joints around Oberlin so this protest may in fact be a good thing for free market capitalism.
Bingo! We subsidize sugar, corn, all sorts of nasty stuff. (And yes I like eating both too.) Then taxpayers have to pay for the treatment of diabetes etc. after people get fat and unhealthy on the “food” we fund. (You know who likes food stamps the most? The big food companies.)
Who would ever have thought that drinking milk would be an act of defiance?
This is the beauty of the marketplace. And by the way I’m all for veganism. I wish I could do it.
SNAP is a strange animal. On the one hand it does help some people who are in very troubled circumstances. On another hand the program is also widely abused and everyone knows it. And on still another hand SNAP is big time crony capitalism with taxpayer money barely stopping in recipients accounts before being funneled to companies like Coca-Cola and General Mills.
When life gets expensive people stop going to Outback. I think Confucius said that.
Add the political pressure to raise minimum wages and things don’t look so good for restaurants right now.