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|CHOOSING SANITY OVER SNAILS|
|News Releases - Agribusiness|
|Written by Laurie Johns|
|Wednesday, 11 January 2012 13:02|
It’s perfectly understandable why so many folks care how farmers care for the land; it doesn’t just need to be protected because it feeds us, but because our fertile soils and watersheds always have and always will be Iowa’s most valuable asset.
But there’s a growing concern that some well-intentioned folks have taken efforts to be sustainable to a whole new level, calling for the sacrifice of property rights, food production and jobs for the sake of ‘speciesism’ (choosing plants or animals over people). ‘Speciesism’ seems to be ‘de riguer’ these days in Hollywood and national media, so that’s probably why the subject packed the house this week at the 2012 American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting.
Rob Gordon, senior advisor for strategic outreach for the Heritage Foundation (http://www.heritage.org/about
Gordon then went on to illustrate that point by way of the Pleistocene Snail.
The Pleistocene snail (http://www.fws.gov/midwest/
“Clearly, this is a case of speciesism and regulation run amok. We have to remember that environmental policy can’t be good environmental policy if it doesn’t take people into account,” says Gordon.
In an age when snails are deemed more important than farming, feeding people or employing them, something is wrong. That’s why folks like Gordon are out there reading the fine print, calling for people to ask questions and demand conservation efforts be based on repeatable, scientific results that take human beings into account. Waiting for the government to realize this however, could take…until the next Ice Age.
Laurie Johns is Public Relations Manager for the Iowa Farm Bureau.
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