Skip to comments.Right to Farm--eating emotion
Posted on 10/02/2016 8:31:34 AM PDT by Sean_Anthony
Environmentalists' desired result: Destruction of food production to the point that food is no longer affordable. How to lessen the "surplus population"...Make sustenance so expensive they die of starvation
Increasingly, city-dwellers seeking view lots or large acreage have been fleeing the metropolitan areas to build larger and even luxurious homes in rural America, often opposite agricultural operations. Once theyd invested in constructing homes and settled into their new digs, they were awakened to the realities of country living, including the sights, smells and sounds of working farms
and they didnt like it. The offshoot was a plethora of nuisance suits that shut down family businesses to create a more pleasant neighborhood for the metro ex-pats. As a result, all states of the union subsequently adopted laws to protect farms and ranches from encroaching exurbanitesthe urban refugees relocating in the hinterlands.
When I was young, my family lived about six or so miles upriver on the Tittabawassee from Midland, Michigan, and Dow Chemical Company. Most mornings when leaving for school, there was a tremendous chemical stench in the air. My father, who worked as a pipe-fitter at Dow, always referred to that as "Dow Chemical getting an early start at making money ..."
OTOH, if people wouldn’t waste food, we wouldn’t need so much food production. How many tomatoes does the average family throw out each week because they’ve let them rot? How many gallons of milk has been poured down the drain because it was left to expire? How many tons of uneaten food from restaurant plates is dumped? How many office refrigerators are filled with rotting takeout containers all because their owners are too lazy to finish off the meal the next day or take it home to the dog?
How much food do grocery stores trash because the truck delivered fresh products? Grocery stores are no longer allowed to give away produce and packged items these days due to regulations and the fear of law suits. Our grocery store used to set excess packaged products and old produce out on pallets and tables for free. Now days, only bread can be given out but even that has to be donated to the old folks home first and then the home sets it out on the curb. The big church rummage sale a few days ago had a bunch of free bread so at least that much didn’t get dumped.
I’d bet nearly half of all food produced finds it’s way to the garbage. What a waste. It’s shameful.
I’ve lived in stinking, noisy, visually abusive, New York City all but 1 year of my 50+ years, when I owned an old farm house in a tiny hamlet in Upstate New York. The farmer who formerly owned the house had built a new one years ago up the road, but still had cows directly across from me. Loved it there, but wife wanted to do the 3-hour drive back home every single weekend for various family gatherings (each way).
My late father was from Tennessee and had met my late mother in Central Park while on leave from the Navy back in the 1940s. One of his relatives had a farm in Tenn that we would visit every summer. We didn’t stay at the farm, but we’d always go there for a few hours during our yearly 2-month visit. Used to take the railroad there. Loved that too.
Gossip gossip gossip! That is what small town people do for enjoyment and being a city raised girl I was not accustomed to that. I was so glad to move back to Houston! What a relief!
The problem with production is that you never know what nature is going to throw your way and then there could be very little or even none and you can’t manufacture a tomato or the wheat for a loaf of bread. The disaster could be weather, disease, or insect related.
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