Last weekend the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by animal waste [“Tainted Ohio water coming under increased scrutiny,” Nation & World, Aug. 4]. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it might happen again in our own state. The problem has become pervasive. Waste from chicken farms has…More
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Sustainability, community and localness need to be considered Billions of tax dollars are being spent to produce unhealthy sweetener. The purpose of our agricultural subsidies is to ensure the health of the public through the maintaining of a sizable community of farmers growing enough food to feed the rest of the country. This does not require…More
Caring for farmers would be better One effect of agriculture robots not mentioned in The Times’ cover story is how this mechanization may contribute to increasing corporate agriculture. [“Nimble ag robots may change dynamics of farming,” page one, July 15.] Purchasing large, expensive pieces of equipment is not something small farmers and orchardists can usually afford….More
If wolves make comeback, nature can provide balance I wonder if anyone else noticed the irony of having a story on Tuesday’s Northwest section front about the growth of our wolf population in Washington [“Wolf population doubled in Washington over past year,” NWTuesday, Feb. 26], with the reference, as always, to how many elk wolves…More