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England’s Choice

England has made a choice to remain dependent on other countries to feed them. Recently corporations proposed to build a modern dairy and sow unit, but two activist groups objected saying it would force small farmers out of business. The proposal was withdrawn.

We in the U.S. have faced that choice and decided to encourage modern agricultural practices which have resulted in concentration of production and the elimination of most small farmers. Are we wrong or right to have chosen technology over status quo?

In England the government micro-manages agriculture. It leans against modern agricultural practices. Much of it is subsidized.

As if England did not have enough problems, Prince Charles has taken it upon himself to tell us we should follow their model. He says we need a new system of accounting for sustainability. He points to Walmart s backing of local sourcing of food and sustainable or organic produce. He is joined by the activists denouncing America s mega farms and accusing us of cruelty to animals and pollution.

By 2050 the world population will have increased 20 per cent to 9.4 billion. If Prince Charles can convince us to limit our food production, and Canada, Australia and India follow suit, who will feed us? Argentina? Brazil? Russia?

Chuck, let me put this paper bag over your head. What is wrong with this picture? You need to take a course in Colonist Common Sense. Surely someone in your country must understand that a new system of accounting for sustainability has the profundity of Yearning for chickens that have no bones. The Sheriff of Nottingham thought he could take all the peasant s crops, and tools, and oxen away, and they would continue to farm! You point to Walmart as a good example. Walmart would not exist today if it restricted its sales to home-grown organic food. It has become the biggest corporation in the world by selling groceries, tires, meat, clothes, wine, pliers and guns manufactured by the cheapest bidder, whether it s Chile, Hong Kong or Vino Fino!

What is amazing to me is that Prince Charles s subjects seem to be blind or ignorant or complacent to the consequences of this royal balderdash.

When you turn your farmers back into peasants, you get the kind of agriculture you are promoting now. But when you give them the ability, incentive, and freedom to produce the best that nature, sweat and technology allows, you get the American and Canadian horn of plenty. Call us when you re hungry.

I have watched this famous island descending incontinently, fecklessly, the stairway which leads to a dark gulf. Winston Churchill, While England Slept.

BaxterBlackisacowboy,poet,humourist, andformerlargeanimalveterinarianbased inBenson, Arizona.www.baxterblack.com

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