by John Klar
This newsletter is largely devoted to farming and food issues, though I do deviate regularly into other areas of policy. Many of the issues I address here stem from my book, Small Farm Republic, and from related developments in the world since its publication. I here report on the book’s status.
My book is unique because it advocates a bipartisan ecological/agricultural response from a partisan perspective. That is, I argue conservatives should lead on the environment by focusing on toxic chemicals rather than carbon dioxide, and supporting small farms and improved agricultural policies rather than more manufacturing of so-called “renewables” that are not what they are billed as and generally do more to enhance a few deep pockets than benefit humanity of its environment. Interestingly, Progressive Democrats who already falsely perceive that they “own” the environmental issue do not want conservative competition and would rather deplatform my book than have their boondoggle ideological policies dragged into the light of critical reason.
This excites me: I’m reaching exactly the audience I hoped to target, and they get it even as the Left wishes I would shut up. Consider that no major Vermont media outlet has critiqued the book. If the book were wrong, Seven Days and VTDigger would jump on me like the flies to manure they both are. Instead, they avoid my work like the plague. Let’s assess what that means.
That means that the Progressive Vermont media would rather sideline my effort solely because it is conservative than fairly assess the issues researched and presented. I advocate in my book to: increase local, fresh, non-GMO food sourcing for public schools; phase out wasteful subsidies for destructive monoculture crops like corn, soy, and wheat; relax regulatory burdens on small farms; implement tax and other credit, or low-interest loans or grants, for entrepreneurs and young people embarking on local agricultural ventures; increasing research into glyphosate, atrazine, and other dangerous but understudied chemicals; persuade more conservatives to embrace local and organic food and agriculture; increasing food security against looming inflationary, monetary, infrastructure, and international instabilities.
What in that list would liberals at Seven Days oppose? You would think they would embrace an across-the-aisle ally. But that’s not what I am: I’m their across-the-aisle enemy. I advocate for the small-scale and local; they now embrace the federal statism of the Green New Deal. I expose the complete folly of the claim that solar panels save the planet: they accelerate its rapid destruction, as do EVs. But more, these programs to inflict failed polluting technologies on the citizenry are patently and unapologetically regressive, impoverishing many so a few can make a buck, and others can falsely dream they have done something beneficial.
But perhaps the most essential issue of my book is also being sidelined: food security. America faces famine and runaway food inflation: Progressives perceive that they can hold the forces of the world at bay with their canned Utopia baloney. Will their dogma keep farmers viable, foods processed cleanly, and supply lines humming?
Not at all. Turning food into a social justice weapon, they are enthralled with “black farming reparations” and “food security for such-and-such-a-skin-color.” This is counterproductive, by stupidity if not by design. Food insecurityfor all is at our doorstep and requires foresight and intervention to forestall or blunt it.
My book is selling very well, and I continue to be invited to interviews (and reinvited back) to discuss cows, farming, food inflation, and why local control of food is better than global control. The book has stayed consistently at #1 on Amazon in the Food and Agriculture category and has received many positive reviews.
How about you? Have you read Small Farm Republic? The book took me two years to write, after reading nearly 100 relevant books. I tried to collect all the most essential facts in one place, to equip readers to become more aware of where their food comes from and to become alert to the lies about cows and farming employed by so-called climate warriors to deceive and enslave us all. The readers’ responses tell me I have succeeded: this book is a warning about the future: the great fear should not be of global warming, domestic terrorists, gun violence, or an attack on Taiwan. The great and logical fear should be that the folly of decades of treating farmers, food, and soil like they were worthless and expendable will now carry profound and dire consequences. China will not rescue America from famine, and Bill Gates’ fake meat is poison.
If you have read Small Farm Republic, please share your impressions at the Amazon reviews link. Please loan it or recommend it to a friend. Please share a pic of the book with an endorsement on Facebook or other social media. Supporting this book supports all small farmers and local food production!
If you haven’t purchased the book, I invite you to read the testimonies of those who have and consider having a gander. One need not be a farmer to be a stakeholder in the reliable supply of healthy food that does not destroy the ecosystem. We all must eat.
The author is a Brookfield best-selling author, lawyer, farmer and pastor. Reprinted from the Small Farm Republic website.