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Farmer says coastal elites should STFU and quit telling him to farm like his granddaddy did. Also, the truth about boxing up shoats.
(Reason via Instapundit; Bailey's post at Reason.com is also worth reading in its own right.)


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Aug. 4th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
The Omnivore’s Delusion
That was a awesome article!

It brought back fond memories of reading a editorial in the paper where the author was railing against the 'king corn' and how it was bad. I am so jaded when i read editorials now I assume everything is wrong, unless I know otherwise. Anyway one of the authors points was that corn is hard to digest and cause stomach/intestinal bleeding in cattle.

Hmm i thought. The author is maintaining that the farmers for generations have been so stupid as to feed there cattle something that would cause them to harm? Obviously something was getting slicked over. I called up my dad who is a farmer. He confirmed that eating corn directly can have that effect, but that most farmers dont feed it directly to cattle. It gets ground up and mixed up with other stuff to make it more nutritious and so it wont cause nasty side effects.

Anyway i downloaded that article, it had lots of good points - by someone with boots on the ground.
Aug. 4th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
Re: The Omnivore’s Delusion
Glad you liked it!
Aug. 4th, 2009 05:52 am (UTC)
I object to your misuse of the term "hooah". :)

Edited at 2009-08-04 05:53 am (UTC)
Aug. 4th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
In my day it was frequently used with a built-in [sarc] tag. :)
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Aug. 4th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I think it's a matter of scale - you can do organic farming, but it's very labor-intensive and doesn't scale up well to the kind of industrial operations he's talking about. Living in Minnesota, it's hard not to learn about this sort of thing because it's a major part of the economy up there, and having the job with ConAgra for a while just whetted my interest that much more.

A big part of the problem, as he says, is that a lot of people who live in the coastal cities just don't know jack about farming, but feel perfectly competent to dictate to farmers how they ought to farm.
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Aug. 5th, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
Pollan is merely the most visible example of the type; as the article says, there are a lot of noisy well-meaning people (among whom I include PETA) who get laws passed to force farmers to do stupid, reactionary things in the name of "sustainable" or "ethical" farming.

I guess it depends on how you're ranching your cattle.

We Americans have a reputation for being big beef eaters, but we're far from the only ones. The Chinese, Koreans, and a bunch of other Asians like their beef (and ours, too, when import tariffs don't get in the way) to say nothing of the Europeans. No, you can't change food culture overnight, but there are a lot of people willing to try and change the laws.
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