Intensive Human Farming – Thinkibility Nibble

The success of industrial food production has been obtained by applying principles of scientific management, a theory of management that analyzes and synthesizes workflows. Its main objective is improving economic efficiency, especially labour productivity. It was one of the earliest attempts to apply science to management,and when applied to food production it has resulted in intensive animal farming.

Intensive animal farming or industrial livestock production, also called factory farming by opponents, is a modern form of intensive farming that refers to the keeping of livestock, such as cattle, poultry (including in “Battery cages”) and fish at higher stocking densities than is usually the case with other forms of animal agriculture — a practice typical in industrial farming by agribusinesses.

There are issues regarding whether factory farming is sustainable and ethical. From 2011 to 2014 each year between 15,000 and 30,000 people gathered under the theme We are fed up! in Berlin to protest against industrial livestock production.


It is ironical to note that with the successes in the food industry at every turn, companies applied the successful principles of intensive animal farming (read: factory farming) for the management of their offices. Office management is the/an administrative handling, controlling, and maintaining a balanced process of work inside the office of an organization Topics in office management are Budget development and implementation, Purchasing, Book Keeping, Human resources, Accounting, Printing, Records management, Forms management, Payroll, Facilities management and Space management.


If we nowadays look at large companies we could say that it is basically Intensive Human farming*. As are schools, hospitals and homes for the elderly.

The positive side is that already all steps have been taken to fully automate office management. But, what will we do when large sections of the population are unemployable through no fault of their own? What to do in the future where for most jobs “humans do not need to apply”? That is, only qualified robots are welcome. . . and needed. . .

*This metaphor was first launched by Jaap Peters and Judith Pouw in their book: De Intensieve Menshouderij


3 Replies to “Intensive Human Farming – Thinkibility Nibble”

  1. From: In Praise of Meaningless Work
    Maybe the problem isn’t meaningless work. Most modern work, like it or not, is inherently meaningless beyond the paycheck. (Have you seen what people do for a li No, the problem is that work has so monopolized our lives that there are ever fewer opportunities to find meaning outside of the office.

    In 2011, the philosopher Mark Kingwell wrote, “The workaholic colonizes his own despair at the perceived emptiness of life—its non-productivity—by filling it in with work.” It’s not just individuals. The broader culture is hopelessly workaholic—not raging against the emptiness of life, but actively emptying it, and filling the hole with more work dressed up as life. The manic drive to make labor meaningful, at least on the part of management, is an acceleration of that process, ultimately less about unlocking human potential, one suspects, than hydrofracking it.

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