More about and from Gary Snyder
I also like these play-by-plays with a little built-in suspense...
My cousin Leon, who now farms what used to support about dozen families in my grandparent's day, does the no-till Roundup GMO farming. He (and all the other commodity-crop farmers in the US that I know) basically are low-paid high-risk workers for the banks and the commodity crop merchants.
Leon knows it, and takes it in good humor, because a few years ago he needed to combine farming with long-haul truck driving to make a living, and now he can get by with farming.
Industrial farming is now totally dependent on Roundup. A lot of the GMO stuff was Roundup-Ready seeds. Wonder what industrial ag will do if it gets banned. Other herbicides are available but the crops will not necessarily tolerate them. (And of course they got bad health reps, too)
One advantage was no-till agriculture, which is actually a plus from some soil degradation aspects (but of course comes with a load of soil degradation adjuncts...).
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