In the 1980s, more than a quarter-million family farms were shut down, as factory-farms took over. More than 900 farmers committed suicide. The number may be even higher, but many of the suicides appeared to be farm machinery accidents.
Now, we’re in an era of super-farming. For instance, 6 mega-dairy farms in Texas produce more organic milk than all 453 organic dairy farms in Wisconsin. Is the organic milk of the same quality when it comes from an operation of that size? Are the cows still grass-fed? Are they raised in pastures where they can live natural, happy cow lives, or merely fed grass (so they can be called ‘grass fed’) in crowded holding pens? Can everything remain organic when huge populations of cattle can rapidly spread a disease? Can the mega-farmers comply with truly organic requirements?
An unusual profession: A man was named “Official Uncorker of Bottles” by Queen Elizabeth I. A law was passed that stated all bottles found washed up on beaches had to be opened by this man, and no one else, in case they contained sensitive military messages. The penalty for anyone else opening a bottle was the death sentence.
Some countries have passed laws that restrict the popping of champagne corks. The wine bottles sold in those countries must have tethers that keep the cork from flying across the room. In the United States, there are several law suits every year initiated by people injured from champagne corks.