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Viewers Speak: GMO's, Gluten & Tax Codes

Mar 27, 2014

 ***Editor’s Note:  The following comments were received in response to recent episodes of U.S. Farm Report…

#1:  Dear Mr. Phipps - Your commentaries on March 8 and March 15 hit the bullseye concerning the misconceptions about a connection between childhood vaccinations and autism, the GMO debate, and the possible connection between gluten content and celiac disease. My view is that this rejection of science is caused by the fact that over the last 40 years, our high schools and colleges have taught people what to think, not how to think. Plus, high school graduation requirements in science and math have been reduced dramatically. When my kids were in high school, I had to (on a daily basis) dispel numerous fallacies presented to them by teachers with some kind of personal agenda. The most egregious was when a teacher told them they should not eat chocolate because, he claimed, it comes from the same plant as cocaine!  One of my current co-workers, who has kids in junior high and high school, is having to fight the same battle I did 20 years ago. We have produced a couple of generations of highly ignorant people with this self-destructive methodology. The dumbing down continues, and far too few parents are combating it.  Ed Jones - Palmdale, CA

#2:  Gluten is just another in the long line of food related concerns and like the majority of the others, is being pushed by a small group.  It's the old adage of the wheel that squeaks gets the grease.  Others of note are the GMO/GME's and it appears to me that none have looked in a mirror lately and as all humans are a genetic product and all that game and animals that we have been eating over the years is also, so it's a bit late to be of concern. Organics are better than conventional but when analyzed in a lab - come out exactly the same.  Add items like peanut butter and minimize that perhaps one in 10K has an allergy and it becomes time to panic. FDR put it best … "We have nothing to fear - but fear itself."  It gets a workout these days.  Bill Lindblad - Hillsville, VA

#3:  I suggest a website www.inpowersisterhood.com by Janelle Saar.  Go to the Blog section and find "Do you want to keep that belief?"  GMO opponents have evolved to the "belief" stage with sufficient time and distance to become internalized.   Logic, science, marketing, money, etc…are not effective as John pointed out.  If GMO is to survive, the belief must be changed.  Please check the Blog.  Thanks -Harry Wallace 

#4:  I enjoy US Farm Report.   The other day John Phipps commented on a congressman speaking on the subject of redoing the income tax forms (simplifying it to a 10% or 25% level).  I agree that the tax code is too complicated.  However, when John Phipps said that this congressman proposed that fertilizer no longer be deductible, I sat up straight and said "WHAT ?????".     I can only assume that this congressman thinks that fertilizer is over applied and more of a pollutant than a necessary input for the crop.  This is just plain absurd, and in my opinion another example of how out of touch with agriculture many of our elected officials are.  Pat Bird - Marcus, IA

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someday - Mazeppa, MN
John

You made a statement about keeping Nitrogen and Phosphorus down on the Farm and I'd like to comment.
Minnesota Dept. of Ag recently rewrote their Nitrogen recommendations for N in ground water. The Minnesota Pollution control Agency also redid their recommendation for N and P in surface waters. We went to their local presentations and summited soil health information to them. We were personally thanked by the leads from both and told our information was included in the new regs. Our farm has been growing what is commonly called no-till soybeans/strip-till corn since the turn of the century and have increased our tested organic matter by 2% on average. One of the benefits from this type of crop management is that we have been able to reduce the amounts of N and P purchased per bushel produced by 50% or greater. By better placement and more of the residual nutrients being sequestered in the soil in an organic form until needed by preceding crops. Our water infiltration has improved to where if the ground is not frozen rain soaks in where it falls and does not runoff or surface soil will not go into suspension. We call this type of management Natural Tilth and mentor those interested in transitioning their soils away from machine tilth by tillage. We were part of training the Area 6 NRCS and do presentations for Watersheds and others promoting initiatives' for Healthy Soils, Healthy Waters, and Healthy Communities. If any of this is of further interest to you feel free to e-mail us with your questions

Thank You.
Rod & Rick Sommerfield
S.O.M. Generators
Beyond Conservation REGENERATION!



6:53 AM May 12th
 
someday - Mazeppa, MN
John

You made a statement about keeping Nitrogen and Phosphorus down on the Farm and I'd like to comment.
Minnesota Dept. of Ag recently rewrote their Nitrogen recommendations for N in ground water. The Minnesota Pollution control Agency also redid their recommendation for N and P in surface waters. We went to their local presentations and summited soil health information to them. We were personally thanked by the leads from both and told our information was included in the new regs. Our farm has been growing what is commonly called no-till soybeans/strip-till corn since the turn of the century and have increased our tested organic matter by 2% on average. One of the benefits from this type of crop management is that we have been able to reduce the amounts of N and P purchased per bushel produced by 50% or greater. By better placement and more of the residual nutrients being sequestered in the soil in an organic form until needed by preceding crops. Our water infiltration has improved to where if the ground is not frozen rain soaks in where it falls and does not runoff or surface soil will not go into suspension. We call this type of management Natural Tilth and mentor those interested in transitioning their soils away from machine tilth by tillage. We were part of training the Area 6 NRCS and do presentations for Watersheds and others promoting initiatives' for Healthy Soils, Healthy Waters, and Healthy Communities. If any of this is of further interest to you feel free to e-mail us with your questions

Thank You.
Rod & Rick Sommerfield
S.O.M. Generators
Beyond Conservation REGENERATION!



6:53 AM May 12th
 
 
 
 
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