Santorum Hit List Includes Dust Bowl Prevention

Santorum Attacks CRP to Promote Dust Bowl

“The Conservation Reserve Program, which takes millions of acres of cropland out of production and helps reduce erosion while protecting wildlife, is an example of an “overzealous” federal government initiative, said former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum at a Townhall meeting in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.” as reported by the The Des Moines Register on December 28th, 2011.

“I know a lot of farmers do, you know, raise pheasants. I know that you don’t have a whole lot of them (pheasants) any more in Iowa. That’s great. But we shouldn’t be paying farmers to do that. We should let farmers determine where there are critical environmental areas. That is one thing. But to have 32 million critical environmental acres out there is as a result of an overzealous program. So those are the kinds of things that we can and should do when it come to the agriculture program.”

Well Mr. Santorum, the cats out of the bag, You have confirmed what many of us have known for a long time now, Republicans aim to eliminate all sorts of protections aimed at protecting our food, lands, air and waterways. The funding mechanisms to renew these Conservation Reserve Program leases are basically being systematically eliminated and the dollar amount per acre for renewals is set unrealistically low.

The local farmer is faced with a choice on tilling up this newly available land and gambling on the weather or selling the land to a multinational corporation at top dollar. Given the choice, the local farmer is no longer in the financial position to “do what is best for the land” as Mr. Santorum indicates.

How many of you folks run your checkbook based on the principles of what is best for the environment, the community, the health of the next generation?

If you have limited resources, “what is best” is what you can afford to do or buy based on the budget. Let’s remember why these lands were put into a Conservation Reserve LEASE originally. The LEASES were intended to prevent the land from being tilled……………. in order to prevent another DUST BOWL.

Mr. Santorum for your history lesson, left to complete local control, we know what happens, over-fishing,over-harvesting, over utilization of the resource. Afterall, what was the person thinking when the last Tree on Easter Island was cut down? Perhaps, they were thinking about a boat, to get the heck off the clear-cutted island, sail away to a better life? Well now we are a global market, there is no such thing as sailing away to find other untouched land to extract resources from.

The Farmer has to do “what is best for the family”, which is to provide food on the table, while mitigated crop failure. In the absence of an equitable price provided by The Conservation Reserve Program, the farmer will ultimately have to sell out, to the highest bidder.

Perhaps Mr. Santorum understands the importance globally of the new source of high protein Wheat. This NEW wheat will be readily shipped to feed the growing SE Asian Populations, as the multinationals will own it from seed, through processing and shipping. Meanwhile, it is the local farmer, the local taxpayer, and the local consumer that will feel the loss of wheat, right into they’re pocketbooks. Did I mention the loss of ownership and decent wage jobs?

Perhaps Mr. Santorum and his fellow supporters’ should be taught a history lesson. Might they forget why these lands were set-aside in reserve to begin with. That’s all this country needs now, another Dustbowl to accelerate the “race to the bottom” then we will know for sure..History repeats.

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