July 4, 2004
The seeds are genetically engineered by a corporation that has no name, only letters to identify it. The seeds are placed in a field by machines belonging to an agribusiness, then fertilized with chemicals, and irrigated. The growing plants are sprayed with poisons from aircraft. When grown, the grain is harvested and threshed by other machines, surgically milled to remove most of the nutrients, and bleached white (a color that was found pleasing to the majority). The flour is mixed in sterile vats, processed, formed into loaves, baked on a conveyor belt passing through an oven for an exact number of minutes, and run through a slicer. It is then wrapped in plastic, inspected by the government for conformity to applicable standards, and trucked to the supermarkets and convenience stores. It looks like bread, smells like bread, and even tastes vaguely like bread. If one had a mind to, however, one could compress it in his hands to a misshapen mass about the size of a baseball. In reality, it is much more like inflated library paste than the spin-doctors would have you believe.
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