Not a single mention of Lynn Woolsey…oops

Well, aside from the title, there will be no further mentions of you-know-who in this post. A nice change, what?

I came across a slate of voting recommendations by Dino Giacomazzi, who describes himself as “Dairyman, Farmer, Advocate!” on his blog and whimsically describes himself as “saving the world one cowpie at a time.” His voter’s guide for California farmers isn’t just for farmers (Not that there’s anything wrong with farmers!  On the contrary. I lived on a farm for many years and have the utmost respect for the people who work so hard to grow our food). This guide is full of good conservative common sense, and I recommend consulting it (for comparison’s sake at least) before filing out that mail-in ballot or going to the polling place.

By the way, there is no mention of you-know-who for two reasons: 1) Blogger Giacomazzi only includes recommendations for two California Congressional districts and the 6th district isn’t one of them. 2) If he had made a recommendation for our district, he wouldn’t have picked you-know-who. Anyone who endorses Dan Lungren wouldn’t be a supporter of you-know….

Oh dairymen and farmers, we sing of thee!

A hat tip to all you growers out there. And thank you for the voter’s guide, Mr. Giacomazzi.

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About district6voter

A concerned Northern California citizen who believes Representative Lynn Woolsey ought to be replaced in November, 2010.
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7 Responses to Not a single mention of Lynn Woolsey…oops

  1. I have never had anyone blog about one of my blogs before. This is surreal! I guess I’ll have to blog about it. Thank you for the mention and just so you know Dan Lundgren is endorsed by CFBF, I’m not that saavy to make endorsements outside my districts.

  2. Sierra Peterson says:

    The idea of environmentalism is certainly being used by corporate globalists as a way to reduce the living standards of Americans, and this will effect farmers before the rest of us. But I don’t agree with his statement that the only critics of the dairy industry are vegans and socialists. When he refers to agriculture, this implies mass monocropping that destroys genetic diversity and ultimately results in a loss of soil fertility as well as dependence on artificial means of production. Local does not necessarily mean sustainable. There are plenty of small dairy farmers that practice systems of small scale animal husbandry and horticulture independent of the damaging schemes of corporate agribusiness. What will ultimately be necessary is a return to advanced systems of ecological management such as permaculture, which can sustain both the environment and human communities. Giacomazzi does use manure instead of pesticides, but for the most part his is an industrially run facility that uses synthetic means of production. He has won an award in sustainability from the USDA but this doesn’t mean much considering that the organization is pretty much run by agribusiness and has actually been involved inraiding small family farms.
    Farmers who continue to utilize standardized methods of industrial agriculture are ruining the land for both themselves and future generations. Bee colony collapse, anyone? In this case, “liberty” refers to the gain of the few at the expense of the many. Liberty and social justice do not need to be mutually exclusive entities.

    • Sierra,

      I agree that environmentalism is being used by corporations as a marketing ploy. However, environmentalism has been part of the fabric of the family farmer for centuries. You are also correct that there are corporate farms in America but the reality is that more than 90% of the land in this country is managed by families, not corporations. As for me being an industrial farmer, I will have to accept your claim. You see my family has been farming and milking cows in the same location in California for 117 years non-stop. I am certainly a much more advanced farmer than my great-grandfather was but we pretty much do things in a similar way. If your definition of industrial means we make money then I have to accept that, but, for the past 2 years our industry has been in crisis and we have lost money every single day in that time. We continue going into debt to protect our animals and maintain our land.

      I will take issue with your dismissal of my recognition by the University of California and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. While I certainly don’t feel I deserve recognition for developing techniques and technologies that allow me to grow multiple crops per year using 80% less diesel and chemicals while increasing fertility and biological activity in the soil, I do appreciate that they recognized the influence I have had on many other family farmers who are following suit.

      I also believe that liberty and social justice are not exclusive. I was merely stating the fact that this is the basis of the polarization of our country. In fact I strongly believe there can be no social justice without liberty. I do not view the world as a struggle between the haves and have nots.

      I appreciate that you took the time to research my blog and learn about what I am doing to promote sustainable agriculture and animal wellbeing. I have a 3 year old son who will be the 5th generation to raise his family on this land and my job is to make sure it is in great shape when he grows up.

      I tried to find some information on you and if you are the Sierra Peterson on Myspace who wants to arrest the Pope, then we actually have something in common. Not the thing about the Pope but I saw you friended Disinfo.com. I helped produce of the orignal Disinfo conference in NYC in 2000. I will admit openly that my earlier life as a conspiracy theorist and counter-culturalist have helped me develop a very balanced view of society. Probably 11 trips to Burning Man didn’t hurt either.

  3. Sierra Peterson says:

    correction..I meant to say manure instead of synthetic fertilizer.

  4. Sierra Peterson says:

    Hi Dino,

    Thank you for your lengthy reply to my comment. I hope you can pardon my cynicism as it was mostly directed at the USDA and agribusiness in general, not your farm specifically, although there were aspects of your original posts I wasn’t entirely in agreement with. I do have a great deal of sympathy for small farmers as the current economic downturn is definitely creating some serious challenges for you guys.

    When I criticized the standards of industrial farming, I was referring not to money-making necessarily but an over-reliance on chemicals as well as the increasing prevalence of GMOs in the food supply, which many people besides myself consider to be a dangerous and irresponsible trend. I may have been jumping to conclusions regarding your own practice of these techniques, so my apologies if this was the case. I did read a blog written by one of your friends and co-seminar presenter Dairygoddess, who was extolling the virtues of both cancer-causing synthetic hormones as well as Roundup Ready alfalfa. I take issue with GMOs becoming the industry standard for the American food supply because of the way they can contaminate the backyard garden, which means that we will no longer even have a choice about whether or not to consume them. We are now seeing the first stages of a corporate monopoly on seed supplies since, as I’m sure you know, many GMOs are bred sterile so that farmers have to buy a fresh batch every year. So long seed-saving! Small farmers who employ these crops are doing a great deal of harm to the rest of us by prioritizing short term gain over ecological sustainability. I am basically someone who believes that very few laws are necessary but I do think that, given how large crops of GMOs have repeatedly resulted in mass failures, and this can quite easily lead to famine as a result of the eradication of organic seed, their continued use and development should be completely outlawed. You don’t need to believe in a society of haves vs have-nots to agree that their proliferation will cause an enormous amount of problems for your average person.

    On another note, I do have some appreciation for your use of the no-till method as I’ve employed it myself through layered sheet mulches and have found that my soil stays moist and weed-free throughout the summer, even without watering or soil amendments. This is really quite striking because the surrounding soil will be covered in dead grass and as dry as a bone. It would definitely do a great deal for problems such as erosion and demineralization if more farmers were using this. I really can’t say enough about permaculture design (where I originally learned about the no-till method) and strangely enough, I think its principles offer a lot for the conspiracy-minded, since the original authors took a rather bleak view of our current system of govt. But unlike most conspiracies, permaculture offers an entirely different and more productive paradigm to replace the current one, complete with an autonomous system of decentralized banking. Have you looked into the permaculture credit union? They provide loans for environmentally responsible projects so it would be great to see more small farmers get hooked up with them. Anyways, it’s nice to connect with someone from the disinfo site because I’ve been there quite a few times and found it to be very engaging. Take care!

  5. Sierra Peterson says:

    Oh, and I also want to add that my original comment about industrialization was made because I saw a photo of rows of monocrops at your farm and this practice has been linked by ecologists to a loss of genetic diversity. I’ve been schooled in the principle of plant guilds designed to mimic the natural ecology of a forest in order to maximize diverse crop yields. But it appears you have made some real innovations in the area of conservation tillage so perhaps my criticism was too hasty. Also I haven’t really had a close look at the farm operations so you may have been utilizing some of these ideas already.

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