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The omnivore's delusion? Or disillusion?

(article, Culinate staff)

The blog Cheap Healthy Good recently noted an unusual op-ed: a farmer's defense of industrial farming. Titled "The Omnivore's Delusion: Against the Agri-intellectuals," it's one family farmer's attack on what he sees as a ridiculous effort to encourage farmers to turn back the clock. Granted, Blake Hurst's article was published by the conservative think tank the American Enterprise Institute, but it's interesting to hear a farmer point out that "there are environmental and food-safety costs to whatever kind of farming we choose." Meanwhile, another farmer/writer, Grist's Tom Philpott, appreciates some of the questions Hurst raises in his piece, even as he disagrees with most of Hurst's points. And over on Civil Eats, Chris Bedford also pens a response, in which he urges us all to help "small and mid-size farmers like Blake Hurst escape the industrial system."