> The Averys, Joel Salatin and Andy Lee all live in the same vicinity of
>the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Anyone interested in sponsoring a
>four man "tag-team" debate over agricultural practices and policies?
Why? What possible good could come out of wasting air time on the
Averys that they can get elsewhere?
The Averys have no original thoughts and nothing to say. They're
Southern showmen, like Rush Limbaugh. They'll say whatever it takes
to get noticed.
Why would you want to leave the impression--in standing them up to
thoughtful, solid, and honest farmers--that they *do* have anything
to say? Why would you want to cheapen what the farmers have to say by
even making them engage with such a combination of unfounded nonsense
and outright distortions?
People who want tag-team can tune into WWF wrestling. And speaking
of, IMO Avery is like Jesse Ventura--simply not worth the attention,
and appealing to the same part of the human psyche: the reactive,
loud, macho, self-absorbed, and posturing, rather than the
thoughtful, critical, contexted, committed, experiential, and aware.
Avery pere describes himself as "a contrarian." Good boy, Dennis, you
learned to yell NO when you were two. Now get on with life, and
develop some more mature communication competencies. Like listening.
Focus on publicizing the work of sustainable farmers, is my view and
advice. Let them tell their stories, straight, without putting them
in some artificial point/counterpoint dynamic.
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