Your attitude is the problem. *YOU* need to spend some time in the
library learning...and also some time seeking out *busy* farm producers
and *paying* them for their time to teach you these things. They
are not at your dillitante beck-and-call.
> Secondly, you can try a little harder to learn what elements of rural
> life are valuable to me. I value clean water, I don't want pesticide
> residues on my food, I value a diverse landscape over a monocrop
> of corn, I value a diversity of people in a rural community. You
> (the farmer) need us (the public) to do a better job of communicating
> the non-economic values we hold.
Let's turn this around.
Let's predicate the cooperation of the rural community on the CLEANUP of
urban social ecology (illegitimate babies at 12, murder at 15, AIDS at
17 and illiteracy at 18)...
Rural residents just haven't worked hard enough to *understand* how *you
value* all that chaotic *diversity* one finds in urban areas. *You*
must be failing to *communicate* your *right-minded* values to rural residents.
> Third, you and I (farmer and non-farmer) need to create and campaign
> for those farming policies that allow both of us to achieve the
> goals of the value systems we hold.
Communism is dead. Socialism is *dead*. But you speak authoritatively
from the knowledge that *you* will impose any degree of political,
regulatory and tax *coercion* it takes to get your way....whether what
you propose it actually rational...whether your view of the landscape
is justified by facts or not.
> > I just don't believe that 98% of the American public are intolerant of
> > agriculture.
> That's not what I said. The public is becoming increasingly sensitive
> to environmental degredation. Agriculture is not the only agent
> degrading the environment, but it is prominently in the news.
What we are lead to believe here in North Carolina is that the *primary*
killer of much of the Pamlico Estuary originates when rain water runs
off driveways and streets here in Raleigh. Eventually it is channeled
down to the coast. I propose 22,000 pages of EPA
regulations that every urban dweller *must* read once per year and they
must submit an annually revised plan to abate all runoff...chemically
poisoned or not...otherwise we will impose a $10,000 car on each car!
-- Steve Modena ab4el@Cybernetics.NET