Re: "Farmers and ranchers are proven and committed environmental stewards .
. . justifiably concerned about the regulatory overreach of the Environmental
Protection Agency."Hear, hear!Utah is the premier
tree-hugger target it is today, only because Utah's agriculture and mining
families have been the premier stewards to the land they've been for 165+
years.That stewardship is, sadly, being overruled and the
environment damaged by absentee Washington landlords with little concern for or
commitment to sustainability of our environment -- at least as concerns human
beings [who they consider a noxious infestation] as part of the environment.
Farmers and ranchers are businessmen. Their motives and goals are for the most
profit from their efforts. They are no different than the other
businessmen who complain about the regulations protecting their customers. Their propaganda overstates their patriotism, morality and value to our
society. They are simply Americans, like the rest of us.
Farmers and ranchers are environmental stewards like they're safety
conscious...it only works when there are a whole lot of exemptions not available
to any other business. Or, as a cow calf operator once told me, as he was
burying a bald eagle that had been bothering his calves, 'shoot, shovel and
The 'Dust Bowl' of the 1930s provides an important lesson about
farming practices and environmental stewardship. The practice of deep-plowing
and stripping the land of natural grasses for crops and then letting them stand
bare in the off-seasons resulted in the erosion of some of the earth's
greatest top soil -- a product that had been created over millions of years.
Drought and winds simply blew that resource away, bankrupting farmers and
contributing to the 'Great Depression' -- demonstrating the value of
environmental stewardship and economic sustainability. Without protecting their
resources, farmers couldn't survive. While farming practices
have come a long way since then, new environmental challenges continue, from the
use of pesticides and water to patented genetically-modified seeds that allow
for weed control, but also place farmers and humanity at the mercy of paying for
patents on seeds and foods from big agricultural concerns, such as Monsanto.
Corn seeds, for example, are no longer a gift from God, but a patented-product
own by corporations. In sum, for farmers to be seen as stewards of
the land and environment, they need to be proactive in addressing environmental
and social concerns about the industry.
Re: ". . . for farmers to be seen as stewards of the land and environment,
they need to be proactive in addressing environmental and social concerns about
the industry."And, if you'd read the article, you'd
know some of the ways farm and ranch families, along with their trade
organizations, like the Farm Bureau, are doing exactly that.
I've found one of the tenets of dishonesty in local politics is to give
awards and accolades to people for something they do the opposite of.The most dishonest Judge I've ever heard of in Idaho received awards for
honesty and fairness from one side of a water dispute. Cough.So
giving accolades to the farmers of Utah carte blanche without even a suggestion
of something they could do better smells of self serving platitudes and public
relations to me.
Re: "I've found one of the tenets of dishonesty in local politics is to
give awards and accolades to people for something they do the opposite
of."Yeah, and another is to disingenuously attack and demonize
people who've done nothing wrong because they're in the way of one or
another liberal political agenda item.