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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

More on farming

In addition to ending farm subsidies, I think we can all agree with these propositions from Joel Salatin, the self-proclaimed “Christian-conservative-libertarian-environmentalist-lunatic.”

1. Make and sell ready-to-eat foods on the farm: “Virginia just legalized homemade jams and jellies to sell. As ridiculous as that sounds, that’s a pretty important shot across the bow.”

2. Sell raw milk and other dairy products: “Officialdom believes that only pasteurized milk is safe. The fact that people have been drinking raw milk throughout human history, and still drink it all over the world and in 20-some states, means nothing to them.”

3. Sell custom-slaughtered meat by the piece: “My position is that if meat [slaughtered outside the normal factory processes] is OK for people to eat, give away, or feed their children—which indicates that it is not an inherently hazardous product—we should have freedom to also sell it. The restrictions are on the commerce of it. The attitude is: The only thing that is safe to eat is something with a government stamp on it, unless you get it free. Exchange money, and it’s somehow not safe.”

Of course, some of the arguments of small-farming advocates are so irrational that they make my head spin. It's people like Dan Barber that make me skeptical of the whole movement.


Blogger Dominick said...

Finally, Reason!
I'd like to add that supporting local small farms is a good thing for many reasons. Just pretend I'm not a raging green lunatic for a minute. Supporting small, local farms promotes open space in townships and communities, space that usually gets eaten up by the same old strip malls with the same old stores which can barely keep full occupancy. Buying your food at small, local farms also supports the local economy and allows for the opportunity to purchase different kinds of fresh produce you may not have the opportunity to find in your local supermarket.

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I count at least four redundancies in that phrase.

11:43 AM  

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