ReGrowing Agrarian Roots

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Agriculture as a stable, prosperous way of life is practically extinct. It doesn't need to be. We have the power within our consuming choices to make a remarkable difference. Although the small family farm is being squeezed out by massive consolidation in industry and by bloated and counterproductive bureaucracy, it is ultimately the consumer who chooses. While "Big" seems to define every aspect of our modern society, "Small" is still alive and well; it just needs our attention. I ask people to rediscover their agrarian roots, "find their land," even if only in a windowbox tomato-plant. If millions of Americans do this, we can rebuild an agricultural root structure that will prevent the erosion of some of our most cherished American values.

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Paul Schwennesen is the Owner of Double Check Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. He has written and spoken extensively on free market environmentalism and agricultural policy in venues as disparate as FOX news, American Spectator, The Freeman and The Huffington Post. Mr. Schwennesen, a captain in the United States Air Force Reserve, served as a Foreign...
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