. . . and the ultimate accomplishment is. . . ?
Both then and now, I'd rather have true civilization where greed is replaced by true collaboration with a persistent sense of moral obligation and social responsibility.
Make-work enterprises are continuing to expand with wasteful industry monitoring proposals, enslaving complexity and intricate but deceptive semantics. Intended as solutions, intensified punitive measures to force compliance often disrupt the precarious compliance sand hills even more, and the industry slides further downhill. Are food businesses, the regulators and other monitoring agencies ever going to learn and move past the building of monuments with sand?
Even the most advanced food safety monitoring intelligence will soon fall well behind, if this is not already happening. In fact, some food safety assessment schemes are part of the make-work enterprises with the often celebrated virtual success. Meanwhile, consumers continue suffer the punishment of food-borne illness and, in some instances, death. As more certified failure incidents cause food-borne illness outbreaks and deaths, the litigation industry is getting increasingly active. Ask Bill Marler if any food safety certificate has ever prevented lawsuits. Food businesses need to spend more time on the plant floor preventing failure incidents rather than in the courts defending them.
The sand hill and baskets of water enterprises are multi-billion businesses.
This does not mean that the world benefits from them as the money flows into only a few pockets. The money, in many instances, flows right back out of the pockets of food merchants almost as quickly while leaving a trail of health problems for consumers of fraudulent and hazardous food.