AG 401 P4 - Cristine Rojas Article 6 The Omnivores Delusion Against Agri-intellectuals Blake Hurst Authors Note Blake Hurst Hurst is a third-generation

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Cristine Rojas Article 6: “The Omnivores Delusion: Against Agri-intellectuals” Blake Hurst April 23, 2017 Authors Note: Blake Hurst Hurst is a third-generation Missouri farmer who also is the president of the board of directors of The Missouri Farm Bureau. 1 His online profile is vague in stating any other facts about his experience other than his membership of 32 years. I would think that he has a bias favoring industrial farming because it affects his pocketbook. Further I would question his statements due to his lack of scientific credentials. 1 Source:
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Article #6 “The Omnivores Delusion: Against Agri-intellectuals” Notes: Farming has always been messy painful, and bloody and dirty People nowadays wouldn’t go see a doctor that uses a stethoscope instead of an MRI machine, yet expect farmers to use 1930’s tech. He has been a farmer for over 30 years, and tells the person on the plane that they shouldn’t believe everything they read. Young turkeys will not come out of the rain, and will stand in the pouring rain, with their beaks open, eyes to the sky until they drown. He is dissenting when he says: “He hasn’t used a slide rule in his career and wouldn’t make projections with tea leaves or soothsayers.” o Or blames witchcraft for a bad sales quarter Says the lecturer thinks farmers are too stupid to farm sustainable Critics spend their time concerned with the process of how food is raised. With the removal of the pesticides and herbicides, mold, fungus and bugs increase Large farms in the country are organic and are dependent on “stoop labor” doing the hard work to save the sensitive pesticide contamination Corn farmers are almost all owned and managed by small families They also love innovations, they want to produce more with less energy No till farming helps keep the top soil in place instead of sending all the herbicides and pesticides down the river to the Gulf of Mexico This practice has reduced the environmental harm done by the farmer Food animals are also mostly produced on family farms, but have contracts with industry giants Farming is more complex than a moral dilemma Farmers are often seen as tools for corporate greed, and seen as forced into the circumstance by the market and corporate greed GMO’s reduce pollution sent down river Consumers get cheap food, in 2007 & 2008 the UN reported 50 million people going hungry because of increased food prices. Arizona, California, and Florida outlawed pig gestation crates where sows are held up so that they do not smash or eat their babies FFA kids raise, show, and send their animals to slaughter. They get an early start on dulling the separation we experience due to grocery stores
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