I had this thought, partly inspired by the book "The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer" by Joel Salatin who touches on it but doesn't explicitly take it further (at least yet). Then there was a question here on Paleohacks, was something like "could a paleo diet sustain the human population?" and the conclusion was basically no - we need an agricultural economy to maintain the current population. "Just like a feedlot," I thought...
We all know most of the criticisms of modern industrial food production as exemplified by the feedlot: the crowding, the lack of exercise, bad health because of horrible diet and no 'nature', using medicine to cure symptoms but not addressing the causes of disease, the huge emphasis on production at the expense of the animal's life (and the Community's), the corn-based industrial economy required to support it, the PR that all this is actually "good" for them and for us, the ocean of toxic waste that is produced that we must all live with.
I bet you can't tell where I'm going with this :-)
It could be US being talked about! As a society, we're overworked, overweight, crowded, unhealthy because of the SAD, expected to produce produce produce (much of it filtering up to a small number of "owners"), in a system that depends heavily on subsidized chemical inputs and produces massive amounts of waste that many people must live with, with fewer options for a 'golden' retirement once productivity drops.
Am I crazy? Is this too far afield? Now I'm not crazy enough to think I'm actually living in a feedlot. I know the difference - at least know the difference between metaphor and real life. But I find the parallels interesting, and perhaps the analogy/metaphor can be stretched enough to produce some good ideas on making some useful changes.
My more specific questions are: has this question been covered ad nauseum already (I won't know until I post it and see the 'similar questions' column!)? Are there any books/blogs one would recommend? If I were a cow in a feedlot, and woke up to the fact that it was WRONG - what would my action plan be for escape? OK I'm changing my diet with paleo - what can I change in my life?
I must have too much time on my hands to be asking this question. Or shirking work. But, still...