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Earth Day & Big Everything

April 20, 2012

There’s not a day that goes by I don’t see a reference to “big ag” or “big pharma” or some other comment that big is bad. So I’m reading “Folks, This Ain’t Normal” from Joel Salatin and there’s a part where he’s talking about cities.

To the point – “…perhaps some cities are too big. People who decry big business, as if bigness is wrong, should apply the same thinking to their big city living. Maybe that’s wrong, or maybe a big city would be better if it were a little smaller.”

What would happen if big living was met with the same disdain? No one should live in a city of more than 500,000 – and if you do well you need to move to another area that isn’t as big. We need to redistribute people so they don’t collect in one area so much, destroying land and creating toxic waste.

Can you picture the uproar?! And the advantages.

The inconvenience of being out of a major city means it’s further to go for fast food, and for many conveniences city people are used to. There’d be less smog, and moving people to the smaller areas redistributes that carbon footprint. They’d be, then, closer to their food supply for direct purchasing food.

How much different would that be? Can you conceive it? That’d put Fresno or Tucson on the upper end of cities. People in larger cities would have to move to smaller ones – Lexington, or DesMoines – allowing a better use of services and more balance. Can you imagine the uproar?

The freedom to live where we want is important. Big cities can no more dismantle than can the larger operations that feed them. Still, we all have choices too – in living, and in food. Let’s not give up choices!

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