Extreme Oversimplification

But there is yet another and more direct way in which the isolation of the body has serious agricultural effects. That is our society’s extreme oversimplification of the relation between the body and its food. By regarding it as merely a consumer of food, we reduce the function of the body to that of a conduit which channels the nutrients of the earth from the supermarket to the sewer. Or we make it a little factory that transforms fertility into pollution–to the enormous profit of “agribusiness” and to the impoverishment of the earth. This is another technological and economic interruption of the cycle of fertility.

Wendell Berry, from “The Body and the Earth” (1977)