Rummu, Estonia [2592×1944]
Taken from a link titled “The Dizzying Heights Of 21st Century Agriculture”.
(Should be called horror and torture on a massive scale)
Our industrialized food system nourishes more people, at lower cost, than any comparable system in history. It also exerts a terrifyingly massive influence on our health and our environment. Photographer George Steinmetz spent nearly a year traveling the country to capture that system, in all its scope, grandeur and dizzying scale. His photographs are all the more remarkable for the fact that so few large food producers are willing to open themselves to this sort of public view.
Photo 1; Newborn females arrive from local dairies and spend their first 180 days at Calf Source — first in one of 4,896 hutches, like the ones seen here, and then in larger group pens. Trucks pass down each of 72 rows, dispensing water and milk. After a transfer to Heifer Source, another facility owned by the Milk Source company, the cows are inseminated and then returned — seven months pregnant, and just under 2 years old — to the dairies they came from.
Photo 2; During its busiest season, Gary’s Gobblers might have up to 60,000 turkeys living on five acres of its 160-acre facility. The worker seen here is spraying an antibacterial solution into the turkey pens to prevent disease.
Photo 3; By World War II, the J.R. Simplot Company had become the nation’s largest shipper of fresh potatoes; by 2005, it was said to be the source of more than half of all McDonald’s French fries. This 750-acre feedlot resulted from a realization by its billionaire owner, John Richard Simplot, that he could also use the waste products of his potato operation to fatten cattle.
Photo 4;The two rotating carousels of this milking parlor operate 22 hours a day, milking 7,900 cows three times each. Rosendale Dairy, like Calf Source and Heifer Source, is owned by Milk Source.
Photo 5; Fair Oaks Farms is both a working farm and an educational tourist attraction, with a Pig Adventure area showing visitors the seven-month cycle, from birth to sale, of a pig. Here, sows are penned on their sides when nursing, while piglets spend the majority of each day feeding and growing rapidly.
N.B. Photo 5 an “educational tourist attraction?”
Photo 2 antibacterial spraying?
This is an atrocity and is adversely affecting humans, not to mention the planet.
Liefdegesticht the Good Shepherd, Almelo, the Netherlands.
Between 1860 and 1973, at least 15,000 Dutch girls and women were forced to work in catholic
workshops like these. The unpaid labour was seen as punishment for their ‘sins’.
G. E. Kidder Smith, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
A children’s chair from the lunatic room in a Dutch hospital room / 1938
A Trump mural at the Casa Padre migrant detainment center, Brownsville (Texas), where
1,400 boys from the ages of 10 to 17 are held, approximately 5 percent of whom had been separated from their parents.
Port Isabel Detention Center
Caged migrants at the McAllen, Texas detention facility