Garth Brown writes about navigating digital life and whatever else interests him at The Hard Reset, as well as raising cows, pigs, and sheep on Cairncrest Farm in central New York. He is interested in cultivating an intentionally myopic perspective, the essays of E.B. White, how to balance the demands of an agricultural ecosystem with those of the market, and how to use modern technologies without having them become a time stealing, soul destroying drain on his life. He is lovingly tolerated by his wife, daughter, and son, and adored by his disgustingly energetic dog.
Folks reading this site might, and there is a minority of the public that spends the time and money to grow produce or seek out good, local farms. But most people only really think about food when they can’t get it or when the grocery bill increases. A big reason we have the system we do is that the majority of the populace prefers cheap, convenient, processed food.
Animal agriculture, we hear over and over, is horrific for the environment and horrific for the livestock involved. Yet most of us can’t or won’t change our ways. There may be a general sense that beef is horrible, but there is a literal sense that steak is delicious.