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Month: December 2017

The Reforestation of the West

The Reforestation of the West

We rarely hear positive stories about the environment, despite the fact that there have been promising improvements in some areas. One of these areas is in the forestation of the wealthy Western nations. Forests are actually increasing across the West! The story of mankind since the neolithic revolution has been one of deforestation. Throughout history people have practiced “slash-and-burn” agriculture, clearing forests and plowing the organic matter into the soil. As humanity has expanded the forests have continued to retract,…

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The Evils of Foreign Food “Aid”

The Evils of Foreign Food “Aid”

Various types of foreign “aid” have become a major part of the United States government foreign policy. It is seen as a way to project “soft power” and show global “leadership.” While relief in the immediate aftermath of a disaster is a somewhat different matter, the principle of persistent foreign “aid” is a tool of neo-imperialism which keeps countries perpetually weak, unstable, and dependent on Western powers. Foreign aid may be unpopular among the right wing, but it maintains broad…

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William Cobbett Needs Farm Help

William Cobbett Needs Farm Help

  They say good help is hard to find these days, and for a man of discriminating requirements it was also hard in the early 19th century. I became aware of the great 19th century journalist, politician, and agrarian William Cobbett last year while reading Farming for Self-Sufficiency, which used his amusing quotes as the epitaph for almost every chapter. Cobbett was an early advocate of going back to the land, and even at the beginning of the 19th century…

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“Soil Power!” in the New York Times

“Soil Power!” in the New York Times

I was delighted to see that the New York Times published an op-ed about the importance of regenerative agriculture, titled “Soil Power: The Dirty Way to a Green Planet” by Jacques Leslie. Overall, it provides a well reasoned, informative, and accessible piece directed at the general public. There has been a substantial amount of concern about man-made climate change for some time. As an everything skeptic, I have always thought parts of the story did not make sense and it seemed…

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