Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Lack of O2

Sign on the side of a giant blue silo--I know that feeling

 Ladder to the sky, ride to tranquility

The Three Little Bigs

Tofu Dreams, Soy biodiesel schemes

More shots from a few days in rural northern Illinois. I was taken aback by the changes since the last time I was here, which was admittedly many years ago. To jump to the most significant, where once the air was filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of livestock, now all is emptiness, silence, and lack of smells. The conversion from individual, diverse family farms raising hogs, chickens, cows, and a shifting mix of crops to a nearly animal-less soybean and/or corn landscape, dotted with massive confinement operations and factory farms, is complete. So many empty houses with overgrown yards. So many empty slabs of cement where once a few dozen cows or hogs plodded around. And all the stink concentrated in a few specific places that confine thousands of hogs or cows or chickens and stuff them with corn and drugs as fast as their broken-down digestive systems will take it. All genetically engineered. Progress marches on! Get up. Go ride.

All that green produces plenty of oxygen I'm sure. There aren't many people left around to breathe it, though. The ghosts apparently like their DirectTV.



  1. All that space meanwhile people living on top of each other in squalor in the cities.
    I would go ride but I have dirt to dig and bicycles to fix and it's too hot. Maybe later.

  2. Lots of space and fresh air. Also, you get to see where food comes from. Whether you want to or not.


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