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***Editor's Note: The following comments were in reaction to a proposal by the Los Angeles School District to ban chocolate milk from lunchrooms...
John, I grew up in the Northern Indiana farm community of Kouts. After my 1969 HS graduation, I left for collage, become an engineer, and later got my MBA in international business. I still work as an engineering project manager. We operate a small hobby CNG herb farm in the Saginaw Michigan area. I get up at 5 am every Saturday morning to catch your show. I am interested in understanding both agrarian and factory farm issues and how they interact. You seem to be the most level headed of all the Ag announcers in the business. You talk about the fringe issues, like subsidies, and have opinions that sometimes differ from those of the talking head’s. That is why I was somewhat disturbed last week when you presented an ad hominem dismissal of the demographics of and California as a whole. Isn’t California the largest farm economy of the US? I understand the young agribusiness director’s strawman attack concerning the rice cakes and water… She is young and will need to eat her words a few times before she learns not to use such easily defendable fallacious logic. The next time you choose to make comments like last week, you need to remember that not all of your viewers are uneducated over fared hicks with crew cuts that smell like Roundup… (How does it sound from your side?)