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An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Mon Jan 19, 2015 03:18 PM CST

Once upon a time, a long time ago, the public asked but one thing of farmers: produce enough food. Over time tastiness and affordability were added to the wish list, but that was about it. Nobody cared HOW farmers produced food; that they produced it sufficed.

Oh, what some farmers would give to return to those simpler times. Today the public, or substantial parts of it, demands a potpourri of sometimes-contradictory things. We want assurances of food safety, a healthier environment, a cure to obesity -- and, yes, we still want our food to taste good and go easy on ...

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