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Kelly Witwicki Faddegon

Organizer, Speaker, Graphic Designer, Direct Action Everywhere

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It's easy to separate a product from its production process. What can we do to change that?

This came to mind with the question of factory farming: www.huffingtonpost.com/anjali-sareen/factory-farming_b_2904891.html

But further applies to our neglect to consider the ripple effects of our actions on, say, labour abuse in outsourcing, or the destruction of the air we breathe.

Branding has a significant role here, showing us the glamourized product and concealing everything about its production. We see a Prius in a cute pristine environment, so no one asks about the car's embodied energy or how the battery material was mined and produced. And even with advertising aside, you cannot see a child's sweat on your t-shirt, and steak looks nothing like a cow.

This makes us take our commodities at face value -- we think the cost is limited to the dollar sign on the price tag. In the interest of improving our farm health and humane conduct, worker treatment, environmental stability, and so forth, how can we remedy these disjunctures?

To start, I think ecological footprint stickers and taxes could do a lot, but can we find a way to learn to see the dominoes without our governments regulating our ability to?

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    Mar 21 2013: So perhaps we could regulate transparency, like we have done with ingredient labels. Maybe we can't yet work out a complete footprint and history, but we can determine a lot more than the nothing-at-all that consumers currently get. I really hope a system of global standards (ie a limited global government based on transparency and human rights) is on the way.

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