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So Who Is A Real Farmer?

I am not a real farmer, my neighbors say, because I don’t do it for money. That’s almost funny because the economists are saying that nobody’s farming for money this year. Although the corn crop is good in most of the midwest, there’s not much profit in it. Some go as far as projecting that on average, corn farmers will lose $8 per acre over the whole midwest. If that is the case, I’m not a real farmer for sure because I figure on netting $550 an acre on my corn.– Gene Logsdon » The Race Goes Not Always To The Fastest.

I first read an article by Gene Logsdon sometime about fourty or so years ago. In other words, his name and philosophy has been on my radar for all of that time through articles in Organic Gardening and The Mother Earth News and now his blog at

We’ve now seen banks that were “too big to fail” cost us quite a bit of our future. We seem to have had agricultural processing units (so called farm) that are “too big to fail” for years now with our farm policy full of crop subsidies on commodity crops. There is talk about how maybe it’s time to break up these “too big to fail” banks…My thinking is, maybe the “too big to fail” agricultural units need a rethinking too.

Conventional thinking for the last half century has been that bigger is better…Always. That thinking is becoming as outdated as the idea yhat you can make a profit raising more pork than the economy can consume, even as the actual costs of production are hidden or passed down to future generations…Who really pays for those subsidies anyway?

Anyway, go read some of what Mr. Logsdon has tho say…

The Race Goes Not Always To The Fastest

“No One With Land Should Be Without A Job”

Harvest Art

Kill People But Not Dogs and Cats

An Offbeat Way To Make Good Hay

We’ve Been Going “Back To The Land” For A Long Time

Our House Frog Liked Beethoven

My Clunker Pickup Is Too Old To Junk

Good Farming Was More Advanced A Hundred Years Ago

The Two Sides of an Organic vs. Chemical Story

A Startling Lesson in Pasture Farming

Sometimes Its Hard To Tell the Vegetables From the Flowers

More Choices at Garden Farm Markets

Gardeners and Farmers Less Fearful of Death?

Food Safety Now!

At least 69 people have become violently ill — 34 of them hospitalized — after eating uncooked Nestlé’s Toll House cookie dough. At least nine of those victims suffered kidney failure, as a result of a virulent form of E. coli. Nestlé USA has recalled more than 300,000 cases of the product since, even after cooking, the E. coli could remain on hands or survive in softer, undercooked cookies.

Coming after problems with tainted tomatoes, peanuts and pistachios, this is another warning about the weakness of the nation’s food safety system and why Congress needs to fix it. The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently approved an excellent bill that would strengthen the Food and Drug Administration’s powers. The full House and the Senate — with White House support — need to move this package forward.

via Editorial – Say No to Raw Cookie Dough –

…Pursuit of Really Fresh Produce

Is eating locally produced food a civic duty?

The folks at Kitchen Gardeners International might not call it a duty, exactly. But the group — one of the organizations whose efforts led to the planting of a kitchen garden at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. this spring — argues that buying and eating locally bolsters American communities and economies even as it makes for a more healthful diet, all of which might strengthen the nation as a whole.

via Jennifer LaRue Huget – A Locavore’s Fourth: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Really Fresh Produce –

Earth Day 2009

This was to be the start of my last year at my former employment. A couple of years ago or so, I thought the 30th anniversary of Earth Day would be an auspicious time to start a new phase of my life…Then the knee jerk reaction to the economic picture of the autumn of 2008 ended my plans for a scheduled retirement. Such is life.

So plans have changed, but life goes on. And funny as it may seem, the early boot out the door will mean that my original timetable has a better than even chance of being possible round the time I wanted to make the changes.

Almost every day now, Sherry comes home from work and says something to the effect that she “wants to pack up and just go…NOW”. A change in attitude, a change in latitude, a change in altitude…All three are calling. We have never lived in a place with seasons and that is what is calling me this Earth Day.

I long for a place where shorts and flip flops are not winter attire. Where long sleeved shirts don’t hang in the closet for 11 months each year. And when I say long sleeved shirts I am talking tee shirts here not flannels. I don’t think I put on a jacket at all last winter…Much less a coat.

Well, I am going to get out this Earth Day and plant some vegetables to start a new garden. Home grown and local vegetables, not a complete change, but a start to something…New…Maybe.

Pizza for Breakfast

Leave it to the Minimalist…Mark Bittman gives us polenta pizza…For breakfast

THERE are many reasons to rethink breakfast.

Maybe you’re trying to get more whole grains into your life, figuring they’re more beneficial (and cheaper) than the alternatives, or that they’ll help you lose weight or postpone hunger. Or you’re sick of sweet breakfasts. Trying to cut down on eggs. Looking for something new.

via The Minimalist – Whole-Grain Breakfasts – Your Morning Pizza –

Same subject…But on the Today Show…

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Jim Hightower has this one right…

Thank you, deregulation deities. Food corporations regularly run safety tests, but – here’s the cute part – they are not required to reveal the results to federal or state regulators. So, they don’t. It’s a shameful game of regulatory hide & seek.

Meanwhile, the inspection budgets and enforcement powers of health officials have also been sacrificed to the gods of deregulation, so the public has no effective control over America’s 65,000 food production plants. PCA’s Georgia factory, for example, has never been inspected by the feds. And while state officials have cited the plant many times for unsanitary conditions, there’s been no punishment imposed. Indeed, even after officials confirmed that this plant is the source of the current salmonella contamination, the corporation was declared free to restart production.


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