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June 17, 2009
I've been reading Bauman again, he knows how to fill one with seething desperation. To his list of modern ailments I would add: the disappearance of skills and knowledge. Only a hundred years ago the world was full of people capable of working with raw materials; now we are ever more the extension of multinationals. Especially in agriculture, producers are little more than minons of the chemical industry. That means a complete loss of control over how future knowledge is developed, which path food production takes. Not enough is done to safeguard skills, losing liberty that comes from self-dependence.