In my early career I worked in the engineering/industrial sector,
in particular making steel wire as the raw material for steel bolts
There is a clear and simple industrial philosophy - to increase
- using cheaper raw material to make the same product
- getting the machinery to produce more parts per hour
- getting the machinery to last for more years before it must
be replaced (and also to get machines that need less maintenance)
Agriculture has industrialised, but, we must question if the above
industrial attitudes have been applied to agriculture in a simplistic
way - if animals are treated as machines ......... animals could
be fed cheaper stuff, could be given steroids to put on weight quicker,
kept indoors all year, and persuaded to have more offspring every
This may work, and may produce satisfactory results for a while.
Perhaps I am being simplistic myself, but animals are not machines.