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>>Beth's question is an important one...and not quite as simple as it might
>>seem. Why is it alright for a farmer or market gardener to use the
>>information on the sanet "to make a buck" (i.e. improve the profitability of
>>his/her farming operation), while it seems offensive to some that a
>>consultant should want to use information on the sanet to "make a buck" in
>>his/her consulting business? The consultant is selling information which
>>he/she gathers here for free. Kind of like a person who sells wild ginseng
>>roots that are gathered for free!
>>I'm not sure what the answer is! It IS hypocritical to be offended by the
>>concept of making a profit, and be an advocate of sustainable agriculture
>>(which must be profitable to be sustainable, most people would agree).
>> Advertisements for products and services? I find them VERY annoying on the
>>WWW. But farmer-to-farmer networks often specialize in marketing spare
>>parts, special products, etc.
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Carol A. Miles, Ph.D.
Washington State University
Extension Agricultural Systems
360 NW North Street
Chehalis, WA 98532
PHONE 360-740-1295 FAX 360-740-2792