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  •  Patronizing? maybe, maybe not. (1+ / 0-)
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    the fan man

    I am not fully up to speed on Pollan's movement or followers... but apoplectic or not I think they are less damaging to the planet than jumbo Ag and Chem... and I suppose if Pollard and his green legions don't alienate the patronized medium and small farmers out there... the relatively few that are left, their overall goal is a good one...

    Most independent farmers are between a rock and a hard place and any attempts by some of them to try and develop alternate farming methods and approaches should be rewarded, not penalized by existing monolithic agricultural policy. The very biggest and the lobbyists and the current government arrangements have a cozy self perpetuating arrangement that are in the way. I think they are a bigger obstacle to reforms than over-exuberant green brigades...

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

    by IreGyre on Tue Oct 20, 2009 at 06:24:17 AM PDT

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    •  Pollan is saying very clearly STOP VILIFYING (1+ / 0-)
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      Catesby

      which is exactly what I see here in almost every agricultural diary. The most vocal followers here have been the organic vegetarian locavore contingent, who have been unwilling to go beyond thinking about anything other than monolithic factory farming juxtaposed against the small, diversified organic vegetable farmer. I have read all growers who use chemicals lumped into one "BAD" category, repeatedly. I have read farmers are "lied to" which is why they aren't all organic. That's patronizing and silly. Inability to grasp complexity is a fatal flaw in any movement. Does this affect small growers opinions? I would say yes, which is part of the reason these guys I know are still Republicans.

      There is no doubt where the power is in this case, but the second part of what I highlighted is more to your point: blaming and vilification that can boil up in response only entrenches the defenders and beneficiaries of the status quo

      The forces in power are helped by simplistic and therefore inaccurate, angry polemics.

      "A field becomes exhausted by constant tillage." - Ovid

      by the fan man on Tue Oct 20, 2009 at 07:42:54 AM PDT

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