What things do you still prefer in their traditional, handmade version?

by ujmyhn

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Food. There’s something disturbing about the idea of foodstuff produced primarily through the intervention of machinery.

But that’s naive – and to a large extent. The automation of the production of foodstuffs has had incredible benefits for us. As with much ‘technology’ or whatever blanket term you wish to use to refer to that which is responsible for the production of food without human intervention (read: “traditional, handmade”), what’s problematic is the use made of it. Parties financially interested in such production have a powerful incentive to make as much food as possible (so long as there’s demand), but have little incentive to make sure the means of production meet more than likely very weak regulatory standards (‘no, there are no poisonous ingredients in this product’).

The question of how food is to be produced has an ethical dimension that too often gets missed. It is not just a question for economists.