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  1. saywhatwhat

    saywhatwhat said, about 4 years ago

    Of course most farming in the U.S. is done by corporations, but this is a good proxy for everything Congress is has left hanging. But then for the Republicans, they’ve done everything they can on their main objective of obstructing everything the President has tried to do… Oh, except find a suitable replacement.

  2. trimguy

    trimguy said, about 4 years ago

    And they will find a way to blame Obama. After all, the Koch brothers paid good money to get Congress to deny climate change.

  3. Godfreydaniel

    Godfreydaniel said, about 4 years ago

    It’s official: July was the hottest in all of American history, and the last year was the hottest year. Some scientists are thinking this will be the “new normal.” Which would call for a drink, except my drink just evaporated in this heat……..

  4. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    A fluke of nature is that even the animals with smallest brains can reproduce, which might explain “deniers”.

    Our water resources have been DECLINING for some time, and the current drought is almost a decade long in some areas (like mine). Warming is just PART of the problem, that yes, does exacerbate other “problems”.

  5. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 4 years ago

    You cannot blame congress the president or the Supreme Court for a lack of rain.

  6. mdblanche

    mdblanche GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago


    No, but you can blame Congress when it skips town for (another!) vacation before passing a Farm Bill like they’d promised.

  7. cjr53

    cjr53 said, about 4 years ago

    With his easy to obtain assault weapon.

  8. sw10mm

    sw10mm said, about 4 years ago

    Only if they don’t pull a Cheney.

  9. emptc12

    emptc12 said, about 4 years ago

    There are many different kinds of farms. It depends what section of the country you’re in. If you live in an area with a widespread family culture of farming, the farms are more to the type portrayed in movies and shown in big-city newspapers (only when there’s a drought or other problem). The clue is that the local colleges have serious agriculture and animal husbandry courses, and 4H clubs are common. /

    There’s a difference between agriculture and farming. Like everything necessary to provide the huge needs of many people, for the sake of efficiency and convenience, agriculture can become an industry that is more like “food strip mining.” Where there isn’t enough natural rainfall, plants must be irrigated or sprinkled. This causes problems in that salt residue remains in the ditches or the geological aquifer goes low. Various measures are applied to improve things, but in the end they’re only temporary. The agricultural corporation moves on. /

    It’s a very fragile system and many farms that produced a century ago are being abandoned or consolidated into larger concerns. Then the force of science is applied but it’s artificial and in the end will not produce as needed. If the local climate shifts, even temporarily for a few decades, the system as formed to our food needs will drastically change. /

    (There are subtle gradations down to a family farm, and I am simplifying here. I’d appreciate it if real farmers would participate in these postings.) /

    A family farm is the main source of income for groups of people. It has a variety of crops and practices sound agricultural techniques. It has animals that provide manure (and these days, fuel). I used to see such farms years ago. They had herds of dairy cows and sold milk, and also sold livestock for butchering, or butchered it for themselves. They spread manure and crop residue on the fields. It was a cycle that imitated nature. /

    That has changed in my area. Unfortunately, family farms of the classic type are disappearing, especially as the cities leach outward. Small farmers (a few hundred acres) must have outside jobs for ready cash to pay the farming bills. Their children break away from the farming culture for better-paying and easier jobs. As the old people die off, the traditions weaken and the land is sold off, sometimes with regret, sometimes gladly. And so the big agricultural combines become larger and larger, for efficiency and profit. People become disconnected from the land, and the land is an enduring reality, change is a reality. /

    It’s a big country here, and we’ve become used to steady growth. Is there room to practice agriculture as thoughtlessly (for the long term) as we do now? Will all land eventually become dry, infertile and salty? Otherwise we need right now to start practice farming on every hillside and spare patch of ground such as we see in areas of Asia. We will save our body wastes as “night soil.” I don’t see how land, a finite resource, will continue to provide our food needs otherwise, unless people learn to eat only corn and soybeans, or kudzu. /

    The land is not a perpetual motion machine, especially when large groups of people take their needs from it. The sun provides the basic energy, the earth provides the carbon cycle, the oceans provide the moisture. It is a big, but essentially closed system. People of the enormous numbers coming up need to put meaningful input into it to do their part to keep it going for their own benefit. Maybe they can’t. Then what will happen? /

    I’d give anything to read history books written 200 years in the future – to see what our descendants think of what we’ve done or failed to do. /

    I’m sorry for writing so long, and I haven’t done enough proofreading. I could have written much more. Did all that make sense?

  10. meetinthemiddle

    meetinthemiddle said, about 4 years ago


    Here, here!

  11. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, about 4 years ago

    It should be called a Planter Bill because only plantation owners benefit. The Republican House is delaying (Consitutionally the House must originate money bills) action because they don’t way to risk having a bill that helps farmers.

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    ^Complex issues, DON’T HAVE simple answers.

  13. corzak

    corzak said, about 4 years ago

    ^Yes, please don’t feed it. Especially when many people are taking the time to make well-thought posts here.

  14. 38lowell

    38lowell said, about 4 years ago

    #1: The food prices have already gone up!
    #2: With no rain, crops don’t grow.
    #3: If crops don’t grow, no one eats, including the animals
    #4; If no one eats, riots occur.
    #5: if riots occur, folks die—even beaches aren’t safe.
    #6: Enough hay & water for all cannot be brought in. Like the
    Irish famine-starve or move. Move where?
    #7: Wait for rain (how long?) or move.
    #8: Even if rain comes, it’s still four months to the store for you,
    unless you’re ready.

  15. kamwick

    kamwick said, about 4 years ago


    Good reason for us all to start growing our own “victory gardens”, so as not to be completely dependent upon big ag.

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