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The industrialization of agriculture. How did these two terms merge? When I think of industry I think of stacks spewing contaminants, fish eating chemicals, complex machinery a substitute for hands, a petroleum driven maelstrom.

How is agriculture any different in its current configuration: stacks spewing contaminants, fish eating chemicals, complex machinery a substitute for hands, a petroleum driven maelstrom.

Odd, is it not, that our hands are replaced by machines, our bodies mere appendages to four hundred horses of metal, piston, explosive devices driving “seed” into a barren landscape? Assembly lines, conveyor belts, a pinball machine of life and we are the metal ball. If the flippers don’t keep us in the body of the machine we are dropped down an abysmal hole, but voila!..somehow we pop back into the machine, but…drats…game over! And who controls the flippers? Rack up points…free game! Free game! The play of the universe? Play of industry? Manufactured for our convenience?

Look down from any airplane: conveyor belts, pinball machines take us where we “wish” to go?

I often wonder at the term “industry”. Etymologically it arises from the Old Latin indu-in + struere- to build, to heap up, from stenere- to spread out, from Hittite andan-within. Through our “industry” we have built, we have heaped up and then we have spread it all around, eh? What exactly have we spread around? Chemicals, hamburgers, hybrid corn pollen, a culture of what? Heaps in places subject to the bottom of more heaps? Or heaps of money? Sitting on multi-billion dollar heaps of money=pollution? Heaps and heaps of information, spread willy-nilly across the virtual machine? Heaps and heaps of information unencumbered by wisdom? The fate of fastness=vastness. The fate of vastness=the wave that sits atop the deep blue sea. But where lies the real belly of the ocean, the unchanging, the slowness of it all, the eye turned toward what?

A big, dang, industrially agricultured, pinballed machine, two-dimensioned, oil driven soup of life? Yuck…

How’s bout a leisurely walk in the woods…