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Reflections on Farming - Time

“You guys are crazy!”
Okay, the statements were seldom that blunt, but you could see it in their eyes. My wife and I, each of us possessing advanced degrees, were heading off the deep end. Could a couple go through a midlife crisis together? People had their doubts and concern about us and our ability to make rational decisions. We wanted to buy piece of land and start a farm.
“A farm?! That’s . . . interesting.”
Or,
“How quaint. I’m sure that hired help is pretty cheap for farming. It will be nice to come home from your professional jobs to a beautiful, well managed farm.”
No, you don’t understand. We want to start, work, and build a small farm - ourselves - with our own hands.
“You guys are crazy!”
And so it started. To be honest, we had something smaller in mind. Our oldest son suffered a severe brain injury when he was young, and while he is quite capable in many areas, he is basically unemployable. Sitting in Mom’s and Dad’s basement playing video games for the rest of his life was no…

Updating My Blog Site

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I am finally getting back to blogging, and I have made a few adjustments to the site.

First, the theme and format is new. I like this theme because it is less cluttered than other formats.

Next, my multi-part posts will now be indexed on a page called Sunday Series. The original posts will still appear here, on the main page. But the Sunday Series index will allow quick access to previous posts in a series. Just click on the tab at the top of the page to open the index. Also, as the title indicates, all multi-part series will appear first on Sundays. Beginning this Sunday I will release a series of posts reflecting on our farming venture. After that series, I will begin wading into the uncertain waters of the GMO debate by reviewing some of the studies published on the subject.

Finally, I am moving my law related posts to this site. It is simply easier for me to maintain a single site. I do plan to continue my recent series of Free Form Fridays with a few changes. First, not all of t…

The Government and our Food Supply

Here is a recommended podcast from The Cato Institute. From confusing the definition of "organic" foods, to dealing with food waste and feeding the hungry, this podcast focuses on the problems with the government's increasing control of our food system.

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/biting-hands-feed-us

Repeal the Farm Bill

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It may seem counter-intuitive for a farmer like myself to be against the latest iteration of the federal Farm Bill. Even so, the folks at DownsizingGovernment.org have a great new article regarding this issue that I recommend everyone should review. It does not matter whether you are "in agriculture" or not. If you live in a home that uses wood in its construction, wear clothes made of natural fiber, or eat - anything - you are involved in agriculture.

The article is linked HERE.

Unintended Consequences

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While I disagree with many of the decisions of our various governmental officials on an ongoing basis, I truly believe that most bureaucratic workers are not out to cause harm by their actions. Nevertheless,
governmental actions that seek a well-intended result are often fraught with unintended consequences. Recent attempts to eradicate mosquitoes to control Zika exposure is but one example, as one South Carolina bee farmer learned the hard way.

. . . they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights . . .

The report requested by the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding CIA interrogation techniques is now out. Predictably, the meaning and veracity of the contents of the report are already being debated, generally (but not exclusively) along party lines. Judge Andrew Napolitano of Fox News believes that the report clearly indicates that federal crimes were committed. On the other hand, former CIA Director Hayden argues that the techniques were legal, known to the Senate and the Administration, and led to much actionable intelligence. Will the American people ever get the full story of what happened in these interrogations?

Probably not.

Believe It Or Not, I Am Pleased With the GMO Labeling Election Results

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Admittedly, I have concerns with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food system. While I am not yet a purist, I try to avoid putting GMOs on our dining table, and I now buy only organic feed for our animals.  Some of this process has been fairly simple, since I avoid foods with soy and corn products as additives, and these two substances constitute the greatest sources of GMO foods.  Given my desire to avoid GMO products, you might assume that I was in favor of the governmental labeling standards on the ballots in Colorado and Oregon. I was not, and I am pleased that the measures failed in those states.