Manure and Milk (c) Guy Herman 2013 All Rights Reserved

Many urban and sub-urban Americans are not mindful of the relationship between animal feces, the food they produce and the products we eat. Manure and Milk

In the heartland, it has forever been the practice of the American farmer to re-invest and fertilize the fields, which make the food crop, which feeds the dairy cow, which produces milk, with manure.

It is almost counter-intuitive to think that the waste of an animal is, with sun, rain and good earth, one of the most critical elements in the food chain to ensure the satisfactory and well husbanded production of the foodstuff or by-product we wish to consume.

In the current controversy regarding Syria and their use of chemical weapons, there is much sentiment pressing for another intervention or, said in the words of real-politic, another war.

To many, the thought of an innocent child drinking milk from a manure fed cow is almost unthinkable, putrefying and putting at risk the greatest treasure of our civilization, our children.

To another, the Military Industrial Complex, it is nearly a state of Nirvana when we can mass produce the weapons of war, keep humming our manufacturers, keep employed the masses so to inhibit riot strike or civil insurrection; and at the same time come upon the production, purposefully or fortuitously, which, with its’ consequent destruction, will become the manure of the dairy farmer whose very waste and disablement will provide the next set of feedstock foodstuffs.

There are certainly those among us who may say, ‘what price peace‘ and admonish the ‘price of war’ as incalculable. However, it is the driver of the engine which produces jobs and revenues and the wherewithal to enable consumption which makes for the daily wage which buys the daily bread and cow-manure produced milk. Despite the hardship on a few million in Syria or Iraq, Rwanda or North Korea, is there not a greater good in this production of waste for the culture which needs revenues and incomes to prosper, despite the defilement and hardship of those whose lives are the very target and collateral damage of these monstrosities and machines of waste?

There is a case to be made, though not politically correct to be stated, that every drone attack, like each manure spread every spring of the farmers fields, does, despite the reek of manure or the stench of dying, have a silver lining which will caress someone’s pocket, make jobs or benefit the commonwealth, if only a small strata of those involved.

No one disputes war can be a great fertilizer for our economy. History proves most every protracted recession or downturn has only been thwarted by the boon of the production of waste engendered by war.

The question then may be, is there another form of recycling, like manure to milk, which may not have such a deleterious effect on the populous, but in fact, like the education of the young by the old and often wise, redounds to the whole of the civilization and produces as much gain, while diminishing significantly the unintended death and pain?