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Contamination - That's YOUR Problem

I have a really nice Tamworth Boar here at Spring Hill Farms. I let him run loose and he does what boars do…..he finds sows and makes babies!

He relies on his sight, hearing, and sense of smell to locate sows that are ready for his advances. His sense of smell must be really good because he finds sows down the road on other farms and makes babies there too!

My neighbor hates Tamworth pigs. He has worked for years to develop what he calls a nice line of Hampshire pigs.

For some reason he thinks my boar coming down and making Tamworth x Hampshire piglets is an intrusion. He doesn't want my genetics contaminating the genetics he's developing. He has went as far as saying my boar is trespassing! Hey I try to contain him but I can't control the wind for crying out loud.

I think he should admit he's using my genetics (which are clearly superior) and give me the pigs. If he breeds those babies my boar made he has stolen my genetics. Unless he wants to pay me what I say those genetic are worth.

Even if we can't come to an agreement he should at least admit that it's not posing a threat to the local environment or human health.

Hey this is America. Free enterprise allows me to let my boar run loose and spread his genetics.

How do you like my story so far?

I bet you're thinking I've lost my mind!

You see that's exactly what's happening with genetically modified (GMO) corn. We are in real danger of it contaminating the entire corn crop in the United States.

Did you know traces of GMO contamination has been found in Mexico's native corn varieties?

If  companies want to develop GMO crops that's fine. Keep them in a hermetically sealed environment that guarantees it won't contaminate other folk's crops who don't want it, don't believe it is safe, and certainly don't want to eat it knowingly.

It's time to educate ourselves about genetic engineering. Take some time and do the research, find out what's really going and make an educated decision. Practically every other developed country in the world has done just that, and they said 'no thanks.'

Until next time…  
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Comments:

Well I do not agree, that's like saying i have rights to your animals and your stuff.I don't that's why we live on farms without many neighbors,so we don't have problems, I would be one of those people that you would hate.I would let you know that I would prefer you keep your wonderful boar, at your own property, I would even go as far as to split the cost of the fence with you, to help keep him there, and help you round him up. but if it happened again and again well we would probably be inviting you over for a bar-b-que guess what the main course would be?? Yes GMO's are not good but also bad is the lack of common respect along with being a bad neighbor. So keep your GMOs to yourself we don't use them or feed them and that is very hard to do due to the labeling

Posted by Debbie and Brien on October 04, 2012 at 12:06 AM EDT #

I'm so sorry. This blog post would be what is termed a "satire."

I had hoped that would be apparent by the end of the story however, it seems you didn't pick up on it....

Posted by David on October 04, 2012 at 08:08 AM EDT #

Alrighty then, lets do this in chunks:

Satire ... sorta. I was wondering in the first several paragraphs why you didn't just ring your boar's nose.

Superficial reduction of a complex problem, definitely.

I get it that lots of people don't like GMOs; lotsa people didn't like the flivver, either. "Oh, they're going to destroy life as we know it, they scare the horses and the children!"

We see how that turned out, don't we.

As I have to keep reminding people, whenever theory meets reality and they disagree, reality wins. Period.

Posted by Ross Williams on October 09, 2012 at 09:10 AM EDT #

Here are some of the realities that many of our neo-luddites refuse to acknowledge:
1] the US is the pre-eminent food exporter in the world. Yes, there are other nations which have food surplus and have net-exports, but none like us.

2] US land-use policy is primarily driven by short-sighted nincompoops willing, at the drop of a hat, to rezone "unproductive" land for commercial or residential use - for the property tax assessments that can be gotten.

3] Most of this "nonproductive" land is currently zoned ag, and is wooded, or consists of pasture or "idle" hay field.

4] Yes, hidebound urban imbeciles tell me constantly that hay fields are producing nothing, and why shouldn't they put up yet another subdivision, two gas stations, three banks and an Olive Garden there.

5] The net result of this [which you may recognize as the phenomenon of "urban sprawl"] is that the remaining agricultural land must do more in less area than before.

Posted by Ross Williams on October 09, 2012 at 09:10 AM EDT #

6] ...which requires increased yeild.

7] ...which requires increased use of fertilizer, herbicide, insecticide, fungicide, etc

8] ...or the increased use of plant genomes modified to be inately resistant to things that would otherwise decrease its yeild.

9] ...or both.

10] Oh! And, increased use of commercial farming, because therein lies efficiency of scale.

No matter how much you want to sputter and fume, this is the reality, and you aren't going to be able to get around it. Commercial farming and all of its trappings are the result - ultimately - of a society [ours] which is greedy, and demands the government do more and more and more for us [like Obamacare, and $500B food-inspection laws, and TSA, and brand new schools when the old one just needs a new furnace, and why not build a new township park while we're at it on that 20 acres of "unused" land that's only mowed three times a year ...]

Posted by Ross Williams on October 09, 2012 at 09:11 AM EDT #

As a nation, even with unchecked urban sprawl, we could probably feed ourselves. But we wouldn't be able to feed Rwanda, or Botswana, or Bolivia [who has taken to growing coca - commercially], or Cambodia, or any of the other several dozen net-food importer nations with populations in the b- b- BILLions. It won't be us who suffers for it, primarily; it'll be the rest of the globe.

You wanna grouse about GMOs? Think globally, act locally. Demand that your local government STOP doing all those grand new improvements for you - you don't need that new bypass cutting through "unused" farm fields, do you? A new subdivision? a new shopping plaza?

Really?

There's already an Applebees, why do you need a TGI Fridays too?

Posted by Ross Williams on October 09, 2012 at 09:12 AM EDT #

Too many people moving to your general area and nowhere to put them? Stack them. Build up, not out. When you refuse to stack people, you have to start stacking cows ... and we get the poster-child of corporate farming demonization: feed lots, or CAFOs.

It never fails to amaze me how so many people refuse to understand the costs and trade-offs involved. They pout and whimper about Monsanto and Cargill but cannot [or will not] get it through their rock skulls that both are simply the result of their own short-sighted self-righteousness. Monsanto - as we know it - not to mention the corporate farming they cater to, would be an unnecessary and needless expense if we still had abundant pasture, and hay fields, and small farm cropland was not killed off by inheritance taxes and zoning boards the nation over.

Posted by Ross Williams on October 09, 2012 at 09:12 AM EDT #

It has taken us 4, 5, 6 generations to get here; do we really think this evil genie can be immediately stuffed back into its bottle just by passing an idiotic law against reality?

Ye are reeping what was sown.
It's no one's doing but your own.

Posted by Ross Williams on October 09, 2012 at 09:13 AM EDT #

Nice analogy. Too bad the money will buy them (the perpetrators) governmental love.
Makes you wonder about the people that advertise non GMO feed, just how true it is, and the dangers of specific labeling, without the knowledge of whether a "neighbor" 50 miles upwind, or 1,000 miles upwind, has had an effect on their crop.

Posted by Shawn Dostie on October 09, 2012 at 01:59 PM EDT #

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