Thanks for sharing this, Chris. It’s so easy to become militant in the defense of anything when you’ve got skin in the game, but this position is the right one. Expensive processes and food are good because they can help set a standard for where higher scale efforts need to get. The reduction of antibiotics and growth hormone in factory meat farming has been driven by the stigma generated by small-scale, expensive producers. It was hard to talk about antibiotics being bad until small, organic farmers started to offer an expensive alternative.

We all need to be less militant in demanding that our way is the best way and shoot to make good options available to more people. It may be a long, slow change of consumption habits or some revolutionary technique that suddenly emerges from a lab. Maybe it’s a mixture of both. But throttling each other over absolutist positions won’t help a hungry kid in the inner city or rural America have a healthier dinner tonight.

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