Capitalist egg plants

Posted: 24 August 2010 in Uncategorized
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Sure, Jack DeCoster is a rotten corporate egg, responsible for producing hundreds of millions of potentially rotten eggs and abusing “the environment, animals, his employees, and his customers.” But it’s the entire industry that’s the problem, the system of large-scale plants that produce eggs in a capitalist fashion in the United States, not just one capitalist.

The fact is, as the Washington Post explains,

Just 192 large egg companies own about 95 percent of laying hens in this country, down from 2,500 in 1987, according to United Egg Producers, an industry group. Most of those producers are concentrated in five states: Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and California.

“I don’t think people have any idea when they see all these brand names in the stores that so many are coming from the same place,” said Patty Lovera, assistant director of Food and Water Watch, a food safety organization. “It raises the stakes — if one company is doing something wrong, it affects a lot of food.”

So, while only two Iowa producers, Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms, have been implicated in a nationwide outbreak of salmonella, it’s the entire industry that’s a threat to the environment, the chickens, their employees, and their customers.

Capitalist egg plants form part of an entire food system that is putting us all at risk.

Disclaimer: friends in Vermont produce high-quality eggs for the local market as part of a noncapitalist enterprise. Their chickens are often ill-mannered but, as far as I know, they haven’t threatened to go on strike.

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