My First Hate Mail - I'm so proud
Boy, you really know you’ve arrived in the writing biz when you start drawing the whacko element out of the woodwork.Â I got my first hate mail! So exciting. This unstable fellow sent this note from the QC, according to the postmark, with no name or return address. How did he know I was French-Dutch? (Especially when I’m not?). It’s all in response to this OpEd I wrote in our local paper a couple weeks back.
Just for fun, I thought I might address the guy as if I took him seriously, so…
I am in receipt of your letter postmarked 19 April, and while I agree that cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, sweet corn, watermelons, popcorn, corn and soy beans are all food, the sad fact is that most of those on your list are no longer grown in Iowa.Â Cattle and hogs are, but almost entirely in CAFOs (though some good farmers are going back to grass and pasture here and there).Â Corn and soy of course are, but that’s not food, that’s feed and fuel.Â The rest on your list aren’t grown in Iowa outside gardens and hobby farms.
As to the rest of your points, I am not “French-Dutch,” but rather was born in Chicago to American parent with Scots and Austrian ancestry, and raised in the Heartland, and have lived in Iowa for 23 years.Â Not sure what made you think this was not the case.
And I did not tell you how to farm, I stated what I believe would produce better food and a healthier community, as well as turn our farmers back into farmers (rather than sharecroppers, as Big Ag has forced them to become).
You failed to list any of your perceived “MisstatementsÂ in [my] opinion,” and so I am unable to address any of those.
I have not bought a farm because I do not have the money, and because the farming world today is the only business where you buy at retail, sell at wholesale and pay freight both ways.Â Just one of a thousand reasons why the current system is wholly unsustainable, and why I wrote the opinion I did.
And yes, I am so damn smart.