New MacDonald, Old Divisions?

March 2, 2015

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Here's the real irony: campaigns like "New MacDonald" threaten to alienate the very people the organic sector needs most right now: farmers. In my opinion, it's time to start building bridges, not digging trenches.

Posted in: Agriculture

“Fighting for Understanding”: An Advocate’s Checklist

February 18, 2015

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If you’re a farmer on Twitter, chances are you’ve come across #farm365, the agricultural advocacy concept that was hijacked by radical vegans, with sadly predictable results. After the first week, I was inspired to share a short list of “tips” that I hoped would guide conversations in positive directions. It generated a lot of supportive […]

Posted in: Agriculture

Wordless Wednesday: February Sun

February 11, 2015

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Early morning sun warms snowbound trees.

The February sun seems to carry some warmth with it, hinting at the promise of Spring to come.

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End the Food Wars: Let’s Fight for Understanding Instead

February 10, 2015

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Thanks to the Genetic Literacy Project for illustrating my post with this entertaining image!

What would our conversations about food and agriculture look like if we strove for mutual understanding rather than a conversion to our way of thinking? What if the loser of an argument was the one who had failed to gain any understanding or appreciation for the viewpoints of their opponent?

Posted in: Agriculture, Food, Organic

Has the “Food Movement” Become a Religious Cult?

November 24, 2014

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Hi again. It’s been a busy fall on the farm, but I hope to get back into the blogging habit soon. To whet your appetite (and further inspired by recent experiences), I’ll start by sharing a post that originally appeared on the Genetic Literacy Project website back in September. Feel free to comment below or add […]

Posted in: Agriculture

Wordless Wednesday: Late Summer Tillage and Cover Crops

August 20, 2014

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This seed drill is an antique from the horse-drawn era, but it still gets the job done! This morning I sowed a mix of oats, peas, and radish into a field I ploughed recently. By doing primary tillage this time of year, I’m giving the soil life time to recover before winter sets in. Establishing […]

Feeding the World: Beyond the GMO/Organic Dichotomy

August 19, 2014

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Here’s an older post that never made it onto this blog. Originally published by The Genetic Literacy Project on March 25, 2014, this piece addresses common assumptions about organic agriculture’s ability to “feed the world” (including cost and yield) and calls for a recognition that there is no “one right answer” to this issue – in […]

Posted in: Agriculture, Food, Organic
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