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Wake Up Call

"...If we had tried to devise a federally supported plan to wreck our wildlife habitat, ruin our wetlands, and empty the Treasury, we couldn’t have done it better.

What we are witnessing is a trifecta of disastrous effects. The crop insurance, the ethanol mandate, and the record global commodity prices driven by the hunger of 7 billion human beings have resulted in a frenzy of plowing, draining, and planting of corn and other crops, leaving little room for wildlife or birds, and few buffers to protect water quality from pesticide and fertilizer-saturated runoff. We’ve lost 25 million acres of grass and wetlands in the past 25 years--the greatest conversion since the decades leading up to the Dust Bowl. The pace is astounding- we’ve lost more wetlands and grasslands in the past four years than we did in the previous 40. South Dakota, the pheasant kingdom, reports 500,000 acres converted from grass to crops since 2007. North Dakota reports a million since then. Although the conversion is most extreme in what is known as the Western Corn Belt- the Dakotas, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa - demand for wheat from Asian markets is causing Montana farmers to convert conservation lands and grasslands to crops, too...."

A Perfect Storm of Wildlife Habitat Loss—and How to Stop It
http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs...t-storm-wildlife-habitat-loss—and-how-stop-it


Life After CRP
gf.nd.gov/gnf/private-lands/docs/life-after-crp.pdf



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I totally agree with the second 2 as I don`t know much about crop insurance.

1. Ethenol is a scam and should go away.
2. We need to stop trying to feed the world.

We are over populated now. Starvation, wars and disease use to thin us out. I may sound harsh, but I believe over population is the biggest polution.
 

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The thing that always gets me is we have people starving right here in the good old USA and we worry about feeding all these people in all the forien countries. Nobody helped us when we had Katrina come through annd several others, but if that happened somewhere else we would have been the first to be there and forget about our own people.
 
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