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FEARING EPA’S CARBON TAX, BY: DENNIS T. AVERY

Farmers, along with the rest of us, could get hit with a triple jolt of regulatory shock if the Environment Protection Agency goes forward with its announced controls on carbon emissions. Consumers are already paying heavily for the federal mandate … Continue reading

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WHEN SHEEP DIDN’T HAVE WOOL, BY: DENNIS T. AVERY

Today, farmers are accused of “tampering with Nature.” But farmers have been doing such tampering for thousands of years. We had to, for survival. As one dramatic example, wild sheep didn’t have wool. Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep still don’t! Nature gave sheep a long, coarse hair coat instead. In the beginning, the wool was just a short insulating undercoat with fuzzy fibers too short to make thread. For the first 4,000 years we herded sheep, it was only for their meat. Continue reading

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MUDDY RIVERS: DON’T BLAME FARMERS, BY: DENNIS T. AVERY

When people hear that I’m an advocate of high yield farming to feed the world and protect the environment, assertions of farm runoff into the rivers are raised to support charges against modern farming methods. Urban dwellers, even some of my rural neighbors, tell me their concerns about large-scale farming ruining our rivers “because the rivers are muddy.” They worry about even more soil erosion as farmers gear up to double food production over the next 40 years to feed a peak population of 9 billion people. Continue reading

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LOSING THE ORGANIC DEBATE, BY: DENNIS T. AVERY

Intelligence Squared, a philanthropic foundation, which brings Oxford-style debating to American issues, invited me to be part of a debate on whether the organic food movement is a scam. The invitation was a big deal, with the audio carried nationwide by National Public Radio and the TV shown repeatedly on Bloomberg TV. Continue reading

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NO-TILL FARMING: LANDSLIDE PROTECTION?, BY: DENNIS T. AVERY

Vegetable growers in the Philippines are finding that no-till farming not only saves their topsoil but may even lessen the danger of landslides!

Four years of experiments in the Cordillera—the “salad bowl” of the Philippine highlands—show a 50–70 percent reduction in soil erosion because the farmers neither plow nor hand-weed. The region specializes in vegetables because its 6,000-foot elevation keeps the soil cooler and less humid than at sea level hear Manila. However, the steep slopes also mean high risks for both soil erosion and landslides.
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CLIMATE WARMING CREATED FARMING, BY: DENNIS T. AVERY

A new study by Dr. Shahal Abbo of Israel says the invention of farming wasn’t due to climate change because farming depends on a relatively stable climate. Dr. Abbo isn’t looking at the picture broadly enough. Continue reading

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ANOTHER FAILING BIOFUEL “MIRACLE”, BY: DENNIS T. AVERY

CHURCHVILLE, VA—My wife is complaining about our increased costs at the supermarket. I remind her that every pound of meat, milk, and butter we buy requires several pounds of corn to produce—and biofuel mandates have shoved the corn price up … Continue reading

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OBAMA HAS LAUNCHED THE GREEN TRADE WAR, BY: DENNIS T. AVERY

CHURCHVILLE, VA—The global warming trade war has started—quietly, but just as surely as we knew it would. The Obama Administration is now subsidizing U.S. milk and cheese exports in a way that will punish New Zealand—which depends on its efficient … Continue reading

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Meeting the Demands of a Growing Population

Alex A. Avery Presentation at the American Phytopathological Society’s World Food Crisis Symposium The world agricultural community has focused on fighting hunger and meeting the needs of humanity for decades. It has been the rallying cry of farmers in all … Continue reading

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Do We Want Food, Forests, or Wildlife?

Download PDF Conservationists and farmers, traditional antagonists, now demonstrate a remarkable degree of consensus: improving productivity and sustainability of agriculture on existing farmland is urgent for the survival of both wildlife and mankind. Tweet

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