Wednesday, August 5, 2009


This is a great article.

I love Wendell Berry, Alice Waters, and crew as much as the next person, but we have to temper idealism with the complex and often unpleasant realities of what it takes to have a minute percentage of the population providing the basic life support systems for the entire civilization. Unavoidably, "what it takes" isn't always all bucolic and heart-warming. I do welcome the critical attention being paid to agriculture and the heightened awareness that comes with it, but criticism has to be tempered with a big dose of respect for the system, however imperfect it may seem. If we crash the financial system, we all lose money - big deal. If we crash the agricultural system, it will be really, really bad.

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