Forrest Pritchard

Forrest has been farming professionally since 1996. His book Gaining Ground: A Story Of Farmers Markets, Local Food & Saving The Family Farm is now available from Lyons Press. Click HERE to order.

4 responses to “Dear Washington: When it Comes to Climate Change, Talk to Your Local Farmer”

  1. Michael Wilson

    Two things strike me in this piece, Forrest. First, I believe that a 5 year phaseout of all subsidies would do far more good than any expansion of the program to “level the playing field” for the small/family farm sector. Agri-business will soon figure out how to manipulate any available money into the pockets of corporate farming. The collusion between this administration and the chemical industry and the corporate farm sector is obvious and undeniable. The notion of actually saving the taxpayers some money by ending subsidies might just resonate with enough voters to make it work.

    Second, it seems to me that it is past time to revisit the raising of hemp as a source of bio-fuel; a pulp source for paper production that will offer an alternative to plantation forestry; a substitute for cotton and some artificial fiber in fabric manufacturing; and an excellent means of sequestering and retaining carbon. It requires minimal assistance from chemical herbicides and pesticides to prosper. The fears of its turning the nation’s youth into drooling druggies are groundless, as commercial cannabis is a different strain from the “fun” strain and legalization would seem to be in the foreseeable future in any case.

  2. paintedhandfarm

    Spend a day on a drilling rig and you’ll understand why men will not stop drilling into the earth until they have squeezed the last drop of hydrocarbon from her.

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