Thursday, May 12, 2005

Odds n' Ends, Stuff to Read

There was a nice article in USA Today(no I don't read it, someone tipped me off) on Community Supported Agriculture that included the Local Harvest site I've talked about before.

There is a good post on the Backwater Report On CAFTA and Free Trade Idolatry. Its worth reading, his a snipet.....

In a previous lifetime, I hoped to become an economist, and was particularly influenced by the Misesian wing of the Austrian School. Consequently, there was a time when I was an ideological free trader.
At the end of the day, however, I concluded that the radical individualism at the heart of classical liberalism and contemporary libertarianism was incompatible with Christianity. I am neither a methodological individualist nor a Randian subjectivist, but a Christian covenentalist. Ultimately, free trade is the economic component of the liberal ideology. At the heart of free-trade doctrine is the notion that all things work together for the good of those who eliminate tariffs

In the world of books, Gene Logsdon has written a new one about grass based farming. The book is titled All Flesh Is Grass. Here is the description of it from ACRES USA......

Gene Logsdon explains that not only are well-managed pastures nutritious and palatable -- virtual salads for livestock -- but they also hold the soil, foster biodiversity, and create lovely landscapes. Grass farming may be the solution for a stressed agricultural system based on an industrial model and propped up by federal subsidies. In his clear and conversational style, Logsdon explains historically effective practices and new techniques. His warm, informative profiles of successful grass farmers offer inspiration and ideas. His narrative is enriched by his own experience as a "contrarian farmer" on his artisan-scale farm near Upper Sandusky, Ohio. All Flesh Is Grass will have broad appeal to the sustainable commercial farmer, the home food producer, and all consumers who care about their food.

For those interested in small scale envirementally friendly hog farming, here is an article called Alternative Hog Production Systems from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education site. This one called Profitable Pork was also interesting.


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