agriculture

But It’s Natural!

Flesh-eating bacteria, hurricanes, halitosis, ebola, malaria, typhoid … all “natural” things. Soap, antibiotics, pasteurization, refrigeration, iPhones … all man-made things. RealClearScience – The Biggest Myth About Organic Farming: “The majority of Americans believe that organic foods are healthier than food…

They Got It Half Right

I’d like to see them nix the whole thing. The farm bill vote gives credence to Democrats’ favorite ‘straw-man’ argument: Then, on July 11, a funny thing happened. The Republican leadership split up the two portions of the farm bill…

Quick Look At Agricultural Subsidies

Many on the right (I think rightly, for the most part) get upset when they see welfare at the individual level, particularly when it’s obviously abused beyond even its normal intentions. But they fail to get concerned about (or perhaps even see)…

Cowen On World Hunger …

A good column in the NYT, from Dr. Cowen. (HT: Radley Balko) World Hunger, the Problem Left Behind – Economic View – NYTimes.com “There is no shortage of writing — often from a locavore point of view — in support…

Bumper Sticker Musings, What Ones Amuse You?

I constantly find myself leaning in traffic and at intersections to read other people’s bumper stickers. I saw this today: “Hungry? Out of Work? Eat your Foreign Car!” And I almost daily see: “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” “Coexist” “OBX”…

I Don’t Grow Corn OR Raise Pigs …

I don’t grow corn, raise pigs, or fly people anywhere. So why am I not on the government subsidy gravy-train? How do I get on-board? CARPE DIEM: Getting Paid by Gov’t. for NOT Flying Passengers: “We’re all familiar with various…

VDH Blasts The Dept. of Agriculture

And asks some great questions in the process. [Remember this post from a week or so ago?] The department of food subsidies – Victor Davis Hanson – fresnobee.com: “The Department of Agriculture no longer serves as a lifeline to millions…