“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 […]

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Wordless Wednesday: February Sun

February 11, 2015

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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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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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I have a confession to make: in late August, I attended a conference sponsored by Big Ag. Wait, it gets worse…I went because I was invited to take part in a panel discussion. But that’s not all. One of my fellow panelists was a conventional farmer who grows thousands of acres of crops, many of […]

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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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We should all recognize by now that “feeding the world” is much more a logistical and political challenge than an agricultural one. As a farmer, however, I spend a lot of time thinking about producing food economically, efficiently, and ecologically. Conventional wisdom dictates that genetically-engineered crops are a vital part of the overall solution, while organic […]

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Will a Neonic Ban Save the Bees?

August 15, 2014

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As an organic farmer, I get lots of invitations to sign petitions to ban things like insecticides herbicides or GMOs. When I was younger, I used to sign these petitions and even share them with others, often accompanied with white-hot exhortations that others should sign them too. More often than not these days, I find myself […]

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