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Good post, Gail. This kind of thing with farming is a gigantic peeve of mine. I don't know why people have such a compulsion to take ridiculous stances on something they know nothing about and feel morally superior about it. I wish people could understand that yeah they can have local, organic, subsidized, or non-GM food, but it increases the famine risk for the world's poorest and most hunger-plagued people. Subsidies and anti-GM sentiment especially.

For the life of me I can't see why people aren't totally outraged by the Corn Law-type agricultural policies of developed countries. We kill millions of miserably poor people just to artificially inflate profits for rich farmers. Half a million kids go blind every year from Vit A deficiency and all they need to keep their sight is a lousy cup of golden rice every day, but anti-GM groups and countries threaten to withold food aid if their countries take GM rice.


Once our enemies ( several to choose from) figure out how to pop a few nukes in this country I think we'll get a chance to test out these pre-20th century localization schemes..

I hope reducing our carbon footprint by eliminating half our population by way of starvation, disease and civil unrest is not what the Gorebots have in mind..

Dakota Lifestyle:  Beyond the Weather

Living in North Dakota has opened my eyes to what transportation can mean to an agricultural state. In many ways we're one of the poorest states in the nation (check our teacher's salaries, etc.) and we depend on transportation to help sell the the things we raise out of state.

Research and energy are taking off here, but transportation is as much of an issue here as with farming. We need pipelines and transmission lines for our energy projects; We need transportation to get our scientific breakthroughs to market.

And we're grateful that people outside the state enjoy and need North Dakota products.

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