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February 2011 Archive for AgDay Inbox

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Comments, questions, opinions...this is your chance to speak out regarding anything and everything reported on AgDay. Viewer feedback updated regularly.

Agriculture & the E.P.A.

Feb 22, 2011

#1:  I watch you all everyday, and lately there seems to be an assault on the EPA and other regulations.  You all present it as if farmers do not need any regulations, let the tax payers pickup the cost of all the excess fertilizers and chemicals, in the name of profit for the farmers.  What about the people, fish, animals and farmers down stream?  It appears that you all are promoting screwing the environment in the name of profits, and transferring cost of cleanup to the American people. I proposal that once a month you and all the farmers on a given water shed is shipped water at then end of the run (i.e.. farmers on the Miss. watershed) and yourself get a quart of water from Louisiana and drink it.  If this is achieved for one year all EPA regulations would be dropped and this proposal continues.  It is wrong, to put profit over the future of our environment, and pass on cost for clean up to the tax payers.

 

#2:  I watch Ag Day every morning and enjoy your daily news.   However, this morning you discussed the new EPA emission stardards for tractors and generally were positive.  What was missing was the cost these new demands add to the new tractor.  The Obama administration does this consistently - they never give the cost to the rancher or taxpayer.  For example, the taxpayer subsidies for ethanol, etc .   Please consider this suggestion in the future. 

Sincerely,  Old Bob "The Cheerful Malcontent"   

ZZO Ranch,  Colorado 

 

 

   I would bet if you pump the water from Louisiana back up to the upper tributaries of the Mississippi river the farmers, yourselves would be complaining about how polluted the water is and that the government needs to do something.  How about letting the coal industry let the silt go into the rivers, why not it cuts into profits?  How about letting human waste in the rivers, then people would save on putting in septic's, .....  This is the problem with AgDay you all promote screwing the American people for profit under the umbrella of the farmer would not mess up the environment because it is there livelihood.  When you talk about small farmers need to have a better business plan to compete with the large farmers, I would propose that if the large farmers cannot deal with doing the right thing for the farmers down stream then they need to sell and let someone with a successful plan that deals with this issue take over.  You all need to do a show starting north to the south and look at the destruction on the rivers caused by run off and what it would be like today if no requlations were put in place.  Elizabeth Montgomery

A Word from Wyoming

Feb 17, 2011

   I live on the fringes of U.S. agriculture, in the evening shadow of the Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains.  At 5,400 feet, we don’t raise corn and soybeans.  Rather, Miller-Coors malt barley, sugar beets and alfalfa hay.  A long way from markets, we joke that to survive, we have to farm twice as well as anyone else, to pay the freight both ways.  The cost of inputs in, and the cost of outputs out.   I very much enjoy watching your show in the morning as I prepare and eat breakfast.  I feel it gives me a broad perspective on U.S. and world agriculture.  The diversity of global agricultural pursuits is what makes our industry so fascinating, as you so ably demonstrate each morning. 

   Also, at age 64, your Legacy project is of interest.  I have a son who returned from college a few years ago.  It’s given me a new lease on life.  It is good to be thinking about expansion again, rather than retirement.

Keep up the good work,
Richard Klein

More on Obesity Laws

Feb 11, 2011

***Editor's Note:  We continue to receive reaction to proposed legislation in Minnesota that would shield restaurants and other sectors of the food industry from obesity lawsuits...

#1:   We agree that the resaurants and farmers should be protected from lawsuits associated with obesity.  When will people accept responsibility for their own actions.  No one is forcing people to
 eat such large quanities they eat and then just sit on the couch all day.
Jerry and Shirley Bumb

 

#2:   I am not a resident of Minnesota, but a resident of North Carolina. I am glad to hear that one law maker has the common sense to see that it is time that people take account for their actions. That it is not the products fault! I can only hope that others will follow his steps and do away with all of these senseless lawsuits that only make lawyers richer. All State Legislatures should introduce this law and should be announced nationally. Tim and Patricia Knight

#3:   The law that requires everyone to be responsible for what and how much they eat can be good and bad. People are basically stupid and are like sheep following the flock, believing any advertising that they see on television. We have heard for years that we need to drink diet pop and that it is not harmful to your health. Latest college study however is that you are 60% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke if you drink three or four diet sodas a day. However we have laws requiring fast food places like McDonalds to list the calories on their food leaves how
much you eat totally up to you, if you eat like a pig, you will get fat. The responsibility for
getting fat is the responsibility of the person eating. We have become a society that wants
someone else to be responsible for all our bad choices.  Anonymous

#4:  I think restaurants, fast food places, farmers, etc. should be protected from lawsuits. But I also think that the food service industry needs to be much better regulated in regards to what’s in the food served to the public. That would include schools, restaurants of any kind, vendors at public events such as fairs, etc.  But...we as individuals also need to take responsibility for
our own health and well-being. A lot of the health problems we have are brought on by our own carelessness.
Thank you,
Karen Dimick,
A farmer’s wife.

 

 

 

Obesity Laws

Feb 10, 2011

 I believe that this law is right on.  It is not a restaurants fault that somebody gets fat from eating their food.  Nobody is holding a gun to their head forcing them to eat there.  People should take some personal responsibility and face the consequences of their own actions.  Most people wouldn't be fat if they would take the chicken leg out of their mouths, get off of the couch, stop watching tv, and get out and do some exercise.
    Josh M.

 
No.
 
The restaurants should not be held liable for the slow acting poisons they sell that is disguised as food and results in people getting fat, having heart attacks, diabetes, cancers and such. The dude proposing the law and his fellow foolish bribed congress people who agree with this, should be sued for allowing these slow acting poisons disguised as food into our food supply in the first place,along with Monsanto and the other food companies who produce and market so called ‘healthy foods’, that result in poor health, early death and huge health care costs.
 
Oh, sorry, I forgot. They just passed laws mandating we buy health insurance to pay the bills that result from eating poor quality food, so I suppose they covered that too.
 
 
Yes they should SHARE the responsibility  for obesity and addiction to fast food and here's why:  Most of our food now is adulterated with unnatural substances like MSG (and all the names it is listed under) HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, ASPARTAME, POSALAC BGH, ANTIBIOTICS, PESTICIDES, GMOs,etc.  This was not the case 30-40 years ago.  I really feel sorry for my childrens' generation and onward if this continues.  This is all because of greed in marketing by corporations (this includes agribusiness) who are getting away with whatever they want to.  All of the above issues have been studied by reputable scientists-some of the above contributing to obesity  To be honest I watch your show when I get up just to see what kind of crap is going on with our food supply.   Al Pell made a statement a few days ago that summed it up.  He said something like "We have to watch the markets more than how the food is  grown"
     If the corporations were not adding things to get people addicted without their knowing it they should be accountable.  PS  I am not overweight and do not eat at most restaurants.
     Diane  Lacon IL

 

I think you should be able to sue fast food restaurants and any other food industry's. They need to push manufactures to product healthier foods.Some people don't know what they should and should not eat. To eliminate the overweight problem from food manufactures of grocery's and restaurants. All restaurants should only have healthy food on menus. It doesn't matter if there is a nutrition chart or not some people may not see it or don't know what it means. Which goes back to the manufactures needing to make the products we the people consume healthier. If they would take out all of the things that are not good for us or use unhealthy things on the animals that make are grocery's. The problem of being overweight would not be able to be blamed on the food industry if the food industry would follow these issues.  

I'd go so far as to say that we wouldn't need a law banning obesity suits if the lawyers who took on those suits had enough integrity to say, "That's a frivolous and ridiculous lawsuit, and I will not represent you."
    Cathy Kaska
 
Our nation should follow MN proposed legislation against frivolous lawsuits from obesity to personal injury limits of liability .   I've been in business for 25 years and am exhausted with the liability from just being in business. I provide jobs for 40 + people. Small business and entrepreneurship are the heartbeat of America- let's make it more business friendly! Less government ... Less lawsuits!
    Eddie Hanks
    tpmgroup
    2040 Old Louisville Road
    Bowling Green, KY 42101

 

***Editor's Note:  Below is a transcript of what was said regarding the Minnesota obesity laws from the February 10th, 2011 edition of AgDay...

MEANWHILE IN MINNESOTA, A STATE LAWMAKER SAYS IF YOU'RE OBESE, BLAME YOURSELF...NOT A RESTAURANT. REPUBLICAN DEAN URDAHL HAS INTRODUCED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD BAN PEOPLE FROM SUING RESTAURANTS FOR THEIR WEIGHT PROBLEMS. IT'S CALLED THE THE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY IN FOOD CONSUMPTION ACT. URDAHL SAYS HIS BILL WOULD SHIELD RESTAURANTS, FARMERS AND OTHERS IN THE FOOD BUSINESS FROM FRIVOLOUS LITIGATION.
THE LAWMAKER HAS ATTEMPTED SEVERAL TIMES SINCE 2004 TO PASS THE SAME LAW, BUT HAS FAILED. NOW WITH REPUBLICANS CONTROLLING BOTH HOUSES IN MINNESOTA, HE FEELS THE LAW HAS A CHANCE TO PASS. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS PROPOSED MINNESOTA LAW? SHOULD RESTAURANTS AND FARMERS BE PROTECTED FROM LAWSUITS ASSOCIATED WITH OBESITY?

Biotech Fish???

Feb 03, 2011

***Editor's Note:  Viewer comments continue to flow in regarding the potential development of biotech salmon...

   I will not buy any type of genetically engineered product like this.  I don't even support the farm-raised salmon because it is not good for the whole fishing industry.  Thank you for your program. Greta Carver - Bakersfield, CA

   We will not consume genetically modified fish. Regardless of what the RDA reports I do no feel it is safe nor has it been around long enough to know what it could do to you. Not interested.
Thanks,
Jill Hill
Ashland, MT

    Really enjoy your program, first thing I do after grabbing the morning coffee is to turn on RFDTV and watch your show.  I'm very happy to see Senators from Alaska working together for people and not big business in the salmon debate. In Europe, sow production dropped when fed gm corn, that report of course won't be well publicized in America. I use tons of alfalfa each year and have informed our hay sources that we will not accept delivery of any gm alfalfa. This in the near future may pose a problem of supply for us, but don't want to chance feeding a product that may be more harmful than helpful.   Jerry Hale - Lake Havasu City, AZ

 

    NO!!  GMO's are a great thing for the farmer, but they haven't been proven safe when consumed. ALL GMO's should be labeled so we can make the choice if we want to be guinea pigs. Wild salmon (salmon that eat krill) are the ONLY salmon that provide us with the omega-3's that we need. Farmed salmon (that eat grain and are fed dye to make their meat pink and pollute our waters with antibiotics) are a poor substitute for the wild Alaskan salmon.  Don't mess with Mother Nature and let's keep the Alaskan salmon pure.  Mary Erdman 

 

***Editor's Note:  Click HERE to read more about this story...

 

    How can anyone who's seen what happened to the farmers in Canada over the Monsanto/Canola escapade possibly trust corporations to control our alfalfa or anything else without demanding a patent license to control all the seeds this country has available-just look at the suicides of the farmers in India to see what is really going on. This is a global take-over whether it be hay, salmon, beef, or whatever.

Please put this on the air because I am not afraid to call a bull a steer even if you are. Bruce Collins

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