Monday, September 15, 2008
Lipstick on a Pig
WAIT A MINUTE, FOLKS. I'M NOT ABOUT TO GO THERE!!!
When we moved away from North Carolina in the early 1980s, we received a gift from one of our friends. It was a photgraph that had been on the cover of a recent magazine and featured two pigs in a loving gaze. The caption of the picture was, "North Carolina Hogs are Beautiful." We loved the picture and for years it was found hanging in our bathroom. Keep in mind this is an actual photograph, not digitally enhanced. The pigs were so beautiful, no lipstick was needed.
At that time, hogs were beautiful and pig farming in North Carolina was beautiful with small farmers taking great care of their stock. That is not the case any longer. Pig farming is no longer beautiful as huge corporate operations have squeezed out the small farmer by a variety of nefarious means. The land, air, and ground water are increasingly polluted by these large farms. The animals are treated inhumanely and no one seems to care much about any of it as long as their pork is cheaper as a result.
So our pig picture has been given a place in the attic. We don't feel right advertising North Carolina hogs anymore.
Pig farming is only one little example of how we have gone so wrong here in the U.S. In our attempt to buy more and buy more cheaply, we have failed to notice what this has done to our economy and our neighbors. Giant corporations control most of the food we consume, and there is only a small place remaining for the small farmer.
So, please...buy from the local farmer whenever you can. Stay away from big box stores. Think global, but shop local.