5 Sep 2013

Anything but water

  1. Ag-gag laws make it illegal to discuss factory farming, so now you need to rely on the USDA to keep your food safe. I wouldn't, as their system serves industrial farmers. That's why small farmers are certifying themselves as Natural instead of Organic

  2. Speaking of helping customers, click here to get an update on radical social entrepreneurs (i.e., the traditional sort). Then read this case study of rescuing success from failure... in calendar design

  3. The Straight Dope on bitcoins, a history of Silk Road (the black market on the internet where bitcoins are used), and a newbies guide to accessing Silk Road

  4. Back in 2006, there was a great piece of investigative journalism on overpriced, semi-fraudulent Noka Chocolate -- of Plano Texas! Read it

  5. The Great Internet Land Grab (i.e., URL grab, part 2)


Anonymous said...

As for the Ag-Gag – I think it goes too far to restrict information. I can see how a picture can tell a 1000 wrong words. I still farm a bit and animals, like humans, can be unpredictable in their actions.

I do think farm operations, at least larger ones with many employees, need to have written policies on how they are supposed to treat animals and if they don’t, they should be let go. If the policies are in place and followed, an owner can only do so much to control every action of every animal and every person.

Are there similar laws within manufacturing or service industries that prevent insiders from reporting?

David Zetland said...

@Anon -- there are two issues with ag-gag laws. One is that people are concerned about things that they cannot see in their food (e.g., fake organic) that do not concern them in manufacturing (the iPhone works) or service (my haircut is bad). The other is that many people like to eat meat but prefer to ignore the violence that comes with it. So there's a marketing dimension -- happy cows! -- that industrial ag may be violating...

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