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A farmer tending his booth at a local farmers market has a chat with a food activist who lives in the city. They realize they both have degrees from the same university, and graduated in the same year!
The conversation turns to how tdechnologically advanced modern farming is becoming, and the farmer realizes the food activist is worried about the way he runs his farm. Rather than explain the scientific, economic and social reasons behind what he does, he asks the food activist how he thinks he should run his farm. The food activist evidently has his answer at the ready and replies without a moment’s hesitation, “Same way your granddad did!”
The farmer nods his head slowly and replies, “Okay… my granddad was a pioneer in using growth hormones, antibiotics and genetically-engineered crops. I can live with that.”
The food activist puts up his hand and fires back, “Hold on. I meant to say you should farm the way your great-granddad farmed.”
Again the farmer nods slowly and replies, “Okay, he flew bombers in the Second World War and became a crop duster when he came back from Europe. He was one of the first farmers in the area to use DDT. When it was banned in 1972 he switched to…”
“No no no!” the food activist interrupts, “I mean you should farm the way your great-great-granddad farmed!”
This time the farmer doesn’t wait and responds quickly, “Okay! My great-great-granddad was a big fan of synthetic ammonium nitrate when it was invented in 1917. After he got his degree in agriculture he…”
“Ah shuddup!” the poor food activist says, interrupting one last time and waving his hand dismissively as he turns to walk away, “You’re not even a real farmer anyway!”
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Mischa Popoff, B.A. (Hons.) U. of S. and USDA-contract IOIA Organic Inspector
Policy Advisor for The Heartland Institute
Research Associate for The Frontier Centre for Public Policy
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