Forrest Pritchard is a full-time sustainable farmer and New York Times bestselling author, holding a BA in English and a BS in Geology from William & Mary. Smith Meadows, his farm, was one of the first “grass finished” operations in the country, and has sold at leading farmers’ markets in Washington DC for nearly two decades. Pritchard's first two books received starred reviews from The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and NPR, and his latest book is set to debut in 2018.

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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