The industrial food system is driven by the same economic principles of any other industrial economy. Maximum, efficient production for short-term economic return. Whether you’re making automobiles, computers, or food, the way you achieve maximum, efficient production for short-term economic return is by specializing. Henry Ford once famously said that people could buy any one of his automobiles they wanted, as long as it was a black Ford Model T, because that was all he produced. He understood that specializing enabled him to produce automobiles more efficiently. These economies of scale allowed him to produce cars at a price that even his employees could purchase.

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