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SG-W:/ The Great Fertilizer Debate



Thank you Andrew for your thoughtful posting.  You have managed to say
what I have been considering saying since the "great fertilizer debate"
was started.  For those of you who are interested, can you please take
this discussion off of this list?

Let's shift the debate to what Andrew talks about in his posting:

"What is one to do ? Do we eliminate the inheritance tax ? Do we sit by
and watch the corporations take over the soul responsibility to produce
our food ? Do we set aside land not for housing, but for farming?"

Jeff Surfus
List Administrator

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mr. & Mrs. Burden" <burden@ameritech.net>
To: <smartgrowth-washtenaw@great-lakes.net>
Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2002 4:03 PM
Subject: Re: SG-W:/ SG-W: The Law of Entropy (Phosphates)


> I just have to say hello first. I have been reading for sometime now all
> the issues and matters that have arisen here with extreme interest. I
first
> found this list searching for anything that had to do with the fight
that
> is going on within my township of Sharon. First, I am not an activist in
> what many define that title to be. Second, I am not an expert in any
field,
> and finally third, I am taught mostly from my experiences of life. With
> that said, I should move on.
>  To the matter of this fertilizer debate that has taken some by storm.
> Vivienne has stated a most rational response to the debate, but I will
have
> to say that she is a tad bit wrong with "Sludge" only being used on none
> food source crops. There are four companies that haul, and " knife " in
the
> sludge to crop fields in Washtenaw and Jackson counties alone. One year
> they will plant what is called " feed " corn, to only plant soy the
next.
> To say that " feed" corn is a non-food crop is completely incorrect. It
is
> the feed of the feed. I only have to make one reference to the
misconstrued
> "Mad cow" disease. Then to the next year, to which even I know with my
> limited knowledge of biochemistry, soy is planted, which it loves heavy
> metals, for human consumption.
>   With permission, put that aside though. Why are we debating about what
> fertilizer is going to be abundant and or available in the next fifty
years
> when the land to farm won't be ? Now, there will be "Mega" farms, and
maybe
> even ADM (the super market to the world) planting what they wish. But
what
> about my neighbors ? I watch the choicest ( for this particular area )
> fields sprout five hundred to one million dollar homes. Not corn, not
soy,
> Not even dairy cattle or sheep roaming.
>   What is one to do ? Do we eliminate the inheritance tax ? Do we sit by
> and watch the corporations take over the soul responsibility to produce
our
> food ? Do we set aside land not for housing, but for farming ? I would
be
> more interested in seeing comments on these issues then about
fertilizer.
>   I do have to just put in one more comment, for those that have read
this
> far. To the energy issues, how can we complain about the gas and
electric
> companies, the drilling and lack of resources, when we don't even hold
the
> Michigan government responsible for a simple task of passing a " Net
> metering " law of which 48 other states have ? What is the net metering
> concept some may ask ? Well it's simple, it's the ability to run your
> electric meter backwards. How can one sell a home owner on solar, wind,
or
> hydro, when they can't get a fair return.
>   Just some thoughts. Thank you for the air time.
>                                                       Andrew Burden.
>
>
>
>
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