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Four activist movements are doomed to fail; Texas animal rights, agriculture industry, GMO foods and climate change are not lost!

By Mike Barnett

Animal Rights, Industrial Agriculture, Anti-GMO, Climate Changers

I’ve been accused of preaching a lot of doom and gloom lately. Seems both Gene Hall and I have been detailing the negatives on how the climate changers, animal rightists, “industrial agriculture” critics, the anti-GMO crowd and others are adversely affecting agriculture.

Hope for agriculture, I’m here to tell you, is not lost. The bad news is these activist groups are strong, well funded, very vocal and successful in promoting their agenda. The good news is they’re ultimately doomed to fail.

Here’s why:

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Consumers hungry for good news about food

By Mike Barnett

One of the top stories of 2009 concerning agriculture was how much negative press the industry received.

Documentaries like Food Inc. and Dirt! The Movie and writers like Bryan Walsh, who delivered a broadside against modern food production practices in Time magazine have always given those in agriculture indigestion. But how many farmers and ranchers have really taken them seriously? Few, I believe. We might want to start thinking that direction.

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Price of food cheap…for now

By Mike Barnett

Texas Farm Bureau: Price of Food Cheap…For Now

Tough economic times are forcing many Texans to cut back on a lot of things, but the constant expense we share is food. We can find ways to eat cheaper but we still have to eat.

It may surprise you that the cost of food has actually declined this year, as indicated by Texas Farm Bureau’s Grocery Watch,  a quarterly survey of food prices in the Lone Star State. But many perceive food prices are on the rise if conversations I’ve had recently are an indication.

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Time Magazine’s broadside

Texas Farm Bureau

In view of recent calls on this blogspace for fairness and balance in our point of view, I’m hopeful that some of you will complain to Time for making no attempt to bow to the deities of journalistic principle.  I tried real hard to find some objectivity there, but was mostly unsuccessful. No wonder the news weeklies are in trouble.

The piece “The Real Cost of Cheap Food” was, of course, yet another broadside against modern agriculture. I don’t think I need to rehash my defense of today’s food production miracle. You can find that all over this blog.

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Mom would have loved industrial agriculture

Texas Farm Bureau: Industrial Agriculture

“Industrial” and “sustainable” are words thrown around freely when discussing agriculture in the ongoing food debate.

Here’s what those words mean to me.

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