While we as a nation certainly won’t face a food crisis in the foreseeable future, it’s indisputable that the quality of our food has declined.

The corn, lima beans and potatoes one finds on supermarket shelves have declined in nutritive value, and lost much of that hearty feel they once had.

Today’s American farms, more aptly called “agricultural conglomerates,” focus not so much on producing good crops but on producing a profitable operation. They operate under strict theories of agricultural economics, which dictate that they control production and corner markets.

These mega-corporations have literally transformed the landscape of America’s heartland. For the most part, what were formerly towns bursting with individual drive and creative potential have become washed-out dustbowls.

While globalization has its benefits — among them drastically reduced costs of sourcing labor and raw materials — it also has its drawbacks. Foremost among them is that the American workforce, once prized for its productivity, ingenuity and efficiency, has lost its appeal.

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