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Food For Thought

a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.” 1928 Republican Party claim if Herbert Hoover won the election.
One of my favorite agricultural books is The Gift of Good Land by Wendell Berry. There are a number of elements at play in this particular piece of literature but one of the most interesting aspects presented is the idea that good farm land exists in a number of locations that tend to normally be overlooked as viable options. Most Americans tend to think of the sea of corn and soybean that the mono-culture giants produce in the Midwest. Berry counterpoints with his opening chapter, “An Agricultural Journey in Peru” in which he discusses his visit with the potato farmers of Peru who use ancient plots on steep mountain sides with great success. This is just a small window into the juxtaposition Mr. Berry presents throughout the book in regards to the polar opposites of traditional farming and the current monolith of American mono-culture.
With that in mind allow me to tr…