Category Archive: Book Excerpts

Aug 13

We can eat our way to a flourishing future!

Current agricultural practises are part of many global problems but agriculture can also be part of the solution to many global problems. Thank you John Ehrenfeld for your revised definition of sustainability: “Sustainability is the possibility that human and other life will flourish on this planet for ever.” Climate disruption is reversible and agriculture is …

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Dec 03

The other “ED” and it’s many times worse.

You can choose to spend a little more on clean, ethical food or you will spend more on the drugs needed to treat whatever condition you contract from eating the other stuff. Dr. Colborn has accumulated a database of eight hundred compounds that have documented, peer reviewed citations indicating endocrine disrupting properties; just two of …

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Nov 14

You can choose to participate in and shape the agriculture and food system.

You can choose to participate in and shape the agriculture and food system or you will be forced to eat what it decides to produce. But there’s another democracy that runs in parallel with our elected officials.  It is the marketplace.  While we can decry the influence of multinational corporations on the goods that are …

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Nov 13

I confess, I planted GMOs

I’m certified organic now but when I was conventional, I grew GMO corn varieties the first year they were available. Lodged corn is very frustrating to harvest.  Harvest speed is slowed significantly and field losses are increased.  I’ve sat in the seat trying to harvest lodged corn.  You’re trying to strike a balance between putting …

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Nov 13

We can choose to feed the world…

We can choose to feed the world. People shouldn’t be starving now. We produce enough calories to feed everyone now. We produce enough calories to feed the 9 billion now. We choose not to. There’s another angle to the Malthus arguments resurfacing at this point in history. Call me cynical but the arguments have resurfaced …

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Nov 13

You can choose to fill sandbags

You can choose to fill sandbags or wait for the government to do it for you (but I wouldn’t recommend holding your breath) But Harry, I only spend a few thousand dollars a year on food.  How can that be meaningful? Every spring a river or rivers somewhere overflow their banks.  Have you ever noticed …

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