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  •  Great diary. (6+ / 0-)

    It makes me think of how Cape Cod used to be forested. When the Europeans came, they cleared the land for farming and the top soil blew right off. Now it's an ecologically fragile area.

    However, we need regulations because awareness alone will never be enough, not that that's a reason to not have awareness.

    •  I agree of course (4+ / 0-)

      We definitely need regulations.

      Behind nearly every regulation, there is an abuse that cost a life or poured a poison. The libertarians plead the wisdom of the free market, but the free market reacts at best, and I don't want to hear about a reaction after a thousand more die from tainted milk. I don't want to see the "market" react to melamine in dog food.

      I was just thinking, though, that, since we're in a paralyzed legislative era and a paranoid citizenry, we can at least let the right know that it's ok to care about the soil. We can tell them it will make their golf greens greener.

      People complain about dirt, but I'd like to see them make some.

      by The Geogre on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 12:52:30 PM PST

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      •  If I have the story correct, I believe it was milk (3+ / 0-)
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        that got the U.S. government involved in regulating food in the first place. You're absolutely right about the source of most of our regulations. I don't know why free market advocates don't recognize that they're usually the result of a failure of the free market to regulate itself.

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