Let's Not Forget Food And Water

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My son spotted a bumper sticker on a well-used pickup in Payson. It read: NO FARMS, NO FOOD.

For most people, that's a non-issue. The grocery shelves are filled, aren't they? But millions of family farms have gone out of operation in the last 30 to 40 years, lost to development, noxious weeds, or multinational factory farming operations.

Our business news is primarily concerned with the stock market or computer developments. If we read about the condition of farms, it mostly has to do with agriculture runoff polluting the environment.

Are there many people who ever think that our welfare and our future are not ultimately dependent upon the computer industry, but upon the health of our food base, the agricultural industry? And the American agricultural industry is in sad shape now, with only the largest able to survive.

We can't change the world, but we can begin to refocus our priorities to learn more about the health and future of what underlies and supports all life -- food and water.

Carroll Cox
Payson

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