Bill Kristof has a column today about chickens! The Humane Society is releasing the results of an undercover investigation showing the horrid conditions in our chicken farms. Sure, it may be unhealthy. Sure, it signals a society that has lost its mooring. Sure, it’s simply disgusting on a human level. Sure, it could be fixed by regulations, you know, a little more paperwork for the owners of the chicken farms, a few more rules for them to follow to ensure the safety of our food supply. But that would make eggs cost me $1.99 a dozen rather than the $1.88 I can pay at Walmart. And what, really, is more important. Who wants to know this stuff? It’s just depressing. Let them operate in secret. Screw the regulations. If I get sick, well isn’t that just my fault? I mean, really.Now, there is one regulation I can get behind. That’s the Iowa law that makes it illegal to takes any photos of Iowa farms that might show any illegal activity, that makes it illegal to lie to get onto a farm to expose such activity, and best of all, makes it illegal to just takes photos from the highway! And thank goodness! Of course it would have just been simpler to get rid of all the regulations. Let ’em take pictures. It won’t matter! There would be no rules to break.
These crazy regulators just want to make it harder and harder for me to keep my head in the sand. And I like it there just fine, thank you very much.
(Okay, sure, there may be regulations that are onerous, that aren’t protecting the public good. Let’s have that debate, specific regulation by specific regulation. Cause when it comes to factory farms, we are woefully under-regulated. It’s interesting that this Humane Society report is getting press. None of this is new. It was exposed a few years ago in the wonderful if troubling documentary Food, Inc., and in other sources.)