Commentary: Union of scientists hate conventional ag
“Industrial agriculture sounded good in the 1950s, but it’s not serving us well in the twenty-first century,” said Doug Gurian-Sherman, senior scientist with UCS’s Food and Environment Program and co-author of the policy brief. “To meet the environmental, resource, and production challenges of the future, scientists, policy makers and farmers must work together to invest in a more sustainable kind of agriculture.”
“The Healthy Farm: A Vision for U.S. Agriculture,” is the full policy brief.
“The benefits of healthy farms make them a no-brainer,” said Margaret Mellon, senior scientist with UCS’s Food and Environment Program and another co-author. “Backed by science, these practices are productive and profitable, and ultimately benefit farmers, consumers, rural economies, and the environment. It’s a win-win.”
The UCS announced the policy brief comes as “Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduces the Balancing Food, Farm, and Environment Act, legislation to consolidate and fund conservation programs in the farm bill. And with debate on the farm bill expected this month, UCS is calling on the House and Senate agriculture committees to prioritize research and incentives to support healthy farm practices.”
Too bad the healthy farm practices of UCS are completely off base compared to reality and the needs of the average family farmer to stay in business without huge government subsidies.