Our nation's factory farmed food supply is a public health hazard, responsible for many deaths from bacterial infections, rampant diabetes and poor nutrition, new influenzas, contaminated ground water, etc. There is a growing understanding among the public, thanks to books like Fast Food Nation, The Omnivore's Dilemma, Eating Animals, and movies like Food Inc and King Corn, that factory farming is more than merely cruel to the animals and abusive to and exploitive of the workers, it is reckless and dangerous to our health and costs human lives and hard-earned money. It is unsustainable, and has to be systematically dismantled before it collapses catastrophically, leaving us with not enough food in the food supply to feed the population, and the violence and unrest that always follows behind hunger.
Massachusetts needs to immediately ramp up local food production in order to ensure that we can survive a disruption in the food supply, and so we can we can begin to systematically dismantle factory farm system without causing hunger, before it causes more deaths and diseases.
Let's use the stimulus money that is still unspent to create farms and farming jobs in order to be able to grow enough healthy food for all of us, and to avert the public health disaster that is bound to occur if we don't shut down factory farms. Yes, we'll still need to truck (or train) in most of our food, but the more we can grow ourselves, the more of us survive.