Monday, April 22, 2013

Hello Earthlings - Happy Earth Day

As you drive south into Fairfield County on 33 there was once a billboard that had the famous quote that says Everyday is Earth Day to a Farmer. I am now wondering if this billboard is still there.

The history of Earth Day started on April 22, 1970 when a Senator from Wisconsin named Gaylord Nelson  achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean AirClean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. "It was a gamble," Gaylord recalled, "but it worked."

I know what you are thinking, I wonder too what may happen if our current elected officials put their minds together to accomplish . . . well mostly anything that would benefit us.

I believe, although I wasn't alive at the time that farmers gave the most to the building of Earth Day with the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. As an Agriculture community the creation of the EPA really became an open door for the government to our operations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, we as farmers/ranchers also have the most to lose if we polluted our natural resources.

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