The more we assume our empirical experts (scientists), policy experts (politicians) and economic experts (corporate middle men) can work to fix a broken system, the more we invest in their expert abstractions. Suddenly something as simple and experiential as eating honey becomes specialized weights and measures, laws and policies, and a commodity to be traded like baseball cards.
How removed and abstract does our food really need to be? Do we really need science, law, and the profit motive to feed ourselves? How food-stupid have we become? How convoluted will the system become before we either create Eden-in-vitro or die of starvation? The reason I took up beekeeping is I realized the the ability to feed people is a sacred skill, and it's time for a paradigm shift in our foodways...a new way of looking at food that doesn't involve anxiety-driven abstracts and assumptions.