Posted byat 15th June, 2009
There’s a documentary that opened in movie theaters this week called Food, Inc. The folks behind it have been doing the teevee and radio circuit, getting interviews and spreading their message that corporate America is making us sick with their industrial farms, their torturous animal pens, their hormones and corn-laden feed, and their mutant chicken breasts. That’s fine. Those are very good and very important messages.
The problem is, their pompous self-righteous delivery is obnoxious and vile. Yes, honest, when we look at a bucolic scene on a carton of milk, we really do not believe that Farmer Brown personally juked the cow and poured it into a bottle, no more than we think Sauk Chief Black Hawk was really a hockey goalie.
This is a technique that is common to the food and so-called animal rights movements. There’s a particular degree of arrogance that exceeds the norm of political advocates, and I don’t understand it. Sometimes their noses are so far up in the air I think they’ll drown in a light drizzle.
Political arrogance is a mistake a lot of political advocates make; a mistake I most certainly made when I was in my teens and 20s. The Food Inc. folks and their fellow travelers may have done a great job of informing the public – probably even an important job. But that doesn’t make them smarter than the rest of us, and they should stop acting as though they are the Second Coming and we’re the Jewish Roman soldiers.
Like virtually all Americans, I eat meat and vegetables I purchase from the local supermarkets. You may categorize that behavior as dangerously self-destructive. You may think I should only purchase food from healthy organic stores where the owner keeps his wares under the counter in a Grecian urn and claims to get his stuff direct from Farmer Brown, who does not use fertilizer or hormones, and not Agrazilla, who does.
That’s nice, but I can’t afford that. In fact, most Americans can’t afford that. A growing number of Americans can’t afford that. Even if our family saves the $85.00 we would otherwise spend on tickets to Food, Inc. – the price, of course, includes the mandatory anti-organic “buttered” popcorn.
By the way, we produce a hell of a lot of food. So much that we’re sending a lot of it to people who would otherwise starve. Their choice is between food that might be unhealthy but has been fed to hundreds of millions of Americans that are living longer than ever… and starvation.
No matter how correct the message, if its advocates pompously treat me like I’m a moron because I might possibly be making a few different choices than they do, then they’re not going to get their message through. Hopefully, these arrogant elitists will climb down off the ladder and talk to the rest of us here in the Real World.
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