For most people living in the country (and that is anyone within a mile of active farmland) it means sharing the countryside, country roads and country air with our neighbors.
Sharing the countryside often means accepting certain farming practices regarding animal agriculture and that the open fields were meant for them to graze and roam and that farmers will sometimes use animal manure to fertilize their land.
Sharing the country roads often means accepting certain responsibilities by everyone to pay attention to farm vehicles and other equipment moving in and out of fields and up and down our highways and byways.
And sharing the country air often means accepting certain practices involving the operations of and the working of the land during planting and harvest seasons.
It’s a simpatico relationship. We love our farmers and accept that our country living and lifestyle is worth the financial and economic benefits the agricultural community provides for all of us.
Well, here’s another gut buster.
In previous articles, I discussed the laughable left-wing environmentalist wackos who truly believe animal farts and poo contribute greatly to global warming.
In the words of Ronald Reagan, ” … there you go again!”
As we complete planting season, there has been a lot of activity in and out of area fields creating quiet a “dust storm” — excuse the pun.
Because the same farts and poo fighters are complaining that the clouds of dust generated from field activity along with dry fields and lots of wind are contributing greatly to “global warming,” there are reports released by paid global warming alarming groups that say anywhere between 20 and 33 percent of greenhouse gas emissions are the direct result of our nation’s food system. And the farm activity that takes place during planting and harvest season contributes to half of that — I say farts and poo.
Don’t suppose these morons realize it, but farmers are doing more with less: less land, less water, less profits and producing higher yields, higher quality and feeding more people than ever in the history of man. Equipment, seed, fertilizer, feed, processing, transportation, and other factors have changed and evolved to reduce the carbon footprint of agriculture almost more than any other industry in America. Agriculture is our number one industry, so it’s going to have a large say in environmental issues — always.
But the inability by some to accept the fact we cannot support a global population on fish and tofu is astounding.
With record ice (in Antarctica to the Great Lakes), record snow, record cold, record polar bears and moose, and with 99 percent of all scientist insisting they don’t believe in “Catastrophic Man-Made Global Warming,” where is the proof?
Here’s some proof for the farts and poo crowd: NATURE produces much more CO2 than man! In 2004, NASA launched a satellite that has been measuring CO2 around the globe and found the highest concentrations coming from the rainforests in South America, Africa and China.
I would be remiss if we did not agree that breathing in grain dust, farm dust, and other dust caused while working on the farm, can affect the health and overall comfort for those working in the agriculture industry. Farmers, like workers in other industries take the precautions necessary to work healthy and protect themselves and their families.
It’s ignorant people driving up and down the interstate and state routes that encounter the occasional dust cloud that feels that the result of those clouds are unhealthy and dangerous to our communities — to whom I say in the words of the great rock band, Kansas, “… all we are is dust in the wind.”
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Owner of Wilson 1 Communications - Dan Wilson is an Award-winning veteran broadcaster
for over 30 years and both the Co-Host and Producer of “In Ohio Country Today” a nationally recognized
television show, and offers radio commentary and ag reports including locally for 92.1 the Frog WFGF Lima.