A Farmer Far Afield – One Word: Plastics

By John Mattingly
So much of our world in the U.S. is packaged in plastic.

Much of our food comes wrapped in it. Even the bulk items in a supermarket are put in a plastic bag and in another plastic bag for carryout. As a farmer, I’ve always thought food stamps should be redeemable only for bulk foods, at special distribution centers near the production of actual food.

Movies and music are packaged in a thin skin of plastic with sticky plastic binders for good measure. I think I recall a story about a famous country-western musician who nearly killed himself trying to unwrap a CD of his own music.

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