Carol, your above post is so wise, so true, and so obvious. It is what I call the earth way, the sensible down to earth way. Local people with local needs, correct timing and cooperation. Farmers know this. Generals do not. An old country expression where I'm from is: "Does it grow corn?" There is hope, by the way. My daughter attends public high school in chicken farm country. Huge corporations have taken over most of the farms. If everyone hasn't seen the film Food, Inc., I highly recommend it. To get to my point: there are some brave teachers out there, because they are showing Food, Inc. in the classroom. The teachers are getting the word out...and blessings on their heads because it probably won't be long before they are in trouble for revealing the truth. Or, let's look at the bright side. Maybe the teachers will be permitted to continue. Maybe a whole generation of young people (who will inherit these farms) will turn their backs on the corporations and get into natural, clean organic farming. That's where a local food revolution takes place: the young people who "get it" and have the courage to shift the old system to the new earth way. My daughter just this morning said she suddenly gets it. She wants to have a small farm, with free range chickens. And this is a kid who grew up in the city and was totally emo, he he. Wow, how two years can change a person. I attribute it to getting away from a large city with all of the EMFs and pollution. Clear air and clear thinking. Clean water and a clean body. We should all take heart. The younger generation is brilliant, I have always said that.