Monday, February 11, 2013
Baxter Black: Sustainable farming not all it aims to be
As a caveat, I must credit those scientists seeking realistic solutions to agriculture’s booming production capabilities. However, the dream world led by Luddites and New Age gurus proposes a return to farming methods used in the first half of the 20th century. It’s a time they describe as “not relying on toxic chemicals, pesticides, synthetic fertilizer and genetically modified foods. A time when animals moved freely, consumed a natural diet, and were not confined.”
I do offer a tip of the hat to hobby farmers with a nice garden, some chickens or 15 sheep as 4-H projects. Their contribution is appreciated, but they quickly realize they can’t grow or raise enough to feed their families for a fortnight, much less 50 of their urban neighbors.
After World War II, the population of our country — and our world — began to explode.
In the 1970s, scientists increasingly were convinced a new Ice Age was coming, and global starvation was imminent.
But help was on the way.
Those sustainable suckers can kiss my...uh...corazon.