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SG-W:/ RE:Al Gore and Farms
Re Al Gore and Farms
Al Gore is not a hero
to me. However he is the only candidate that has worried abour Sustainability.
Clinton-Gore tried to increase gas taxes, set aside public land, and had a
White House conference on Global warming. That is more than other candidates
I can't say much about the pesticide
issue except to say that farmers should be encouraged to use less. Sooner or
later we will be short of fertilizer. This means more farm land for legumes and
more use of sewage.
Energy shortages will make biomass farming crucial but
also will require more land.
I am very much in favor
of subsidizing agriculture but I think that rewarding farmers for not producing
crops is not a good way to do it. I hope that taxes on farm land are eliminated.
There should be huge taxes on development and houses in the country should pay
taxes equal to city dwellers. Gasoline taxes could also mean less driving and
more compact development.
Farmers could be
subdidized by giving them energy incomes. Alcohol from corn is not a very
efficient way of producing energy. However improving process efficiency might
help. Switchgrass has been touted as an energy crop which is more efficient. One
program that I would like to see is one that would enable the farmer to grow
enough energy to be self sufficient. Steam driven tractors are a possibility.
Another program would be to subsidize the planting of fruit trees as hedgerows.
This supplies some food, some wood, grows fence posts, and stops erosion even if
the fruit is not a cash crop.
Every pig and dairy
farm should be surrounded by tillable land. All of the manure should be used to
make biogas. The residues from the biogas tank should be used to fertilize
the land. The same statement applies to sewage processing. Every farm should
produce energy rather than consume it.
to subsidize farmers would be to form a CCC and then furnish excess labor to
farmers for hedgerow planting and other onerous tasks. It is my belief that
farmers should helped to form strong cooperatives. Marketing of farm products by
farm cooperatives would increase farm income. Also farm coops could finance and
write proposals for experimental projects which individual farmers could not do.
One example is to pay farmers to research and administrate mass tree planting.
Farmers could greatly enhance Sustainability by living in Ecomindiums and
getting Federal money to finance energy projects around buildings. Farm
apartment houses would be a way to increase farm income. One advantage of the
corporate farm over the family farm is that the land is not sold when someone
One of the more important things that
needs to be done is to subdidize the poor and elderly mostly by building low
rent apartment buildings. This saves land, reduces the need for cars, and
enables them to spend their money for groceries.
The important thing in all
of this is to save the land from being built on because our children will need
more and more of it in order to survive.