Wendell Berry–Our Attitudes are Finally Catching up

Just finished reading Wendell Berry’s collection of essays called Bringing it to the Table:  On Farming and Food.

In “Stupidity in Concentration,” written in 2002, Berry speaks of factory farms:

“The principle of confinement in so-called animal science is derived from the industrial version of efficiency. The designers of animal factories appear to have had in mind the example of concentration camps or prisons, the aim of which is to house and feed the greatest number in the smallest space at the least expense of money, labor, and attention.  To subject innocent creatures to such treatment has long been recognized heartless.  Animal factories make an economic virtue of heartlessness toward domestic animals, to which humans owe instead a large debt of respect and gratitude.”

Did you thank a pig this morning for your bacon?

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