The Omnivores’ Delusion

Hatched: Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Blake Hurst, a Missouri farmer, got it right in his post on the Journal of the American Enterprise Institute: “I’m so tired of people who wouldn’t visit a doctor who used a stethoscope instead of an MRI demanding that farmers like me use 1930s technology to raise food. Farming has always been messy and painful, and bloody and dirty. It still is.”

This was Hurst’s response after listening to a “self-appointed expert” on an airline who criticized food and livestock farming, compensating lack of knowledge with volume. Hurst goes on to say, “He [the businessman] expects me to farm like my grandfather, and not incidentally, I suppose, to live like him as well. He thinks farmers are too stupid to farm sustainably, too cruel to treat their animals well, and too careless to worry about their communities, their health and their families. I would not presume to criticize his car, or the size of his house, or the way he runs his business. But he is an expert about me, on the strength of one book, and is sharing that expertise with captive audiences every time he gets the chance. Enough, enough, enough.”

What book is he referring to? What is Hurst’s response? Click here to read the entire post.

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