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Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country. William Jennings Bryan
The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free. Charles de Montesquieu
When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization. Daniel Webster
Fear–fear of war, fear of invasion, fear of plague and famine, that make it simply not worthwhile constructing things, or planting trees, or even planting next year's crops... Kenneth Clark
Never in history did a people enter a country as we entered our country. There are two reasons for this: We are returning to our homeland that has waited for us as a wasteland, and we are not entering a new country that is not ours; we are a people of ancient culture, and in the long years of our exile we have added to that culture the great values of a new civilization. All these riches we bring with us as a gift to our ancient land, and to the people who settled it while we were away, and to the other peoples of the surrounding Orient ... Moshe Smilansky
Were the workers who sweated to put food on my table paid at least minimum wage? Did they get health benefits? Overtime? Were they unionized? Protected from pesticide exposure? Mark Bittman
The thing that should be used very freely is the lash, for it is bodily pain the native fears. He fears nothing else. E.A.O. Schwikkard
The same motives have, in all ages, compelled the strong to encroach on the weak, and the powerful and unprincipled to wrest by force or fraud, from the comparatively feeble and defenseless, wealth or property or dominion, richer pastures, more numerous herds, and a wider range of territory—opportunities for uncontrolled self—indulgence and freedom from the restraints of law and settled society. Grant Charles; 1st Baron Glenelg
In order to assist unemployed workmen, in removing to one of our colonies…the not inconsiderable sum of 50,000 pounds would be set aside to subsidize emigration to the Cape, where from the mildness of the climate and the fertility of the soil in these parts, a rapid and abundant return may reasonably be expected. Nicholas Vansittart
The farmer had the right to migrate to where the rain fell. Boer Saying
The Jews will establish themselves in Palestine in the same way as the French and English established themselves in Canada or the Boers did in South Africa—by settling on the land. Nahum Sokolow
Here in the Mississippi Delta, only the soil is rich. Anonymous
It is the peasant, the true producer, who is also the true owner and master of Turkey. Kemal Ataturk
The Great Spirit has stocked your land with cows, ours with Buffalo. Yours with hogs, ours with Bear. Yours with sheep, ours with deer. He has given you the advantage that your animals are tame while ours are wild and demand not only a large space for range but art to hunt and kill them. Nevertheless, they are as much our property as other animals are yours and ought not to be taken from us without our consent or for something of equal value. Old Tassel; Kaiyah-tahee
You say, for example, “Why do the Indians till the ground and live as we do?” May we not ask with equal propriety, “Why do not the white people hunt and live as we do?” Old Tassel; Kaiyah-tahee
Land for the Landless Anonymous
Sow the seeds of victory. Plant and raise your own vegetables. Anonymous
Victory Garden Anonymous
Dig for victory : for their sake -- grow your own vegetables. Anonymous
The Jews will return to Palestine and make the desert bloom like a rose. Elias Cornelius Boudinot
Even though rural people make up only 20 percent of the population, they represent 25 percent of the total votes cast. That is a huge difference…. Rural states get proportionately more power….right in the beginning the system was permanently fixed to maintain this rural, agrarian dominance. Brian Mann
Time, Look and Life don’t give a damn about dairy prices. They don’t know the difference between a corn cob and a ukulele. Hubert Humphrey
The main peculiarity which distinguishes man from other animals, is the means of his support, is the power which he possesses of very greatly increasing these means. Thomas Malthus
The Industrial Revolution did not spell the end of agriculture, or even the end of food production, in the United States. It just meant that a much smaller percentage of Americans had to work on farms to feed the population. Alan S. Blinder
As the Government lights our coasts for the protection of mariners and the benefit of commerce, so it should give to the tillers of the soil the best lights of practical science and experience. James A. Garfield
No cracked earth, no blistering sun, no burning wind, no grasshoppers, are a permanent match for the indomitable American farmers and stockmen and their wives and children who have carried on through desperate days, and inspire us with their self-reliance, their tenacity and their courage. It was their fathers' task to make homes; it is their task to keep those homes; it is our task to help them with their fight. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Man is a complex animal; he makes deserts bloom and lakes die. Gil Stern
With many of the … Indian tribes, improvements in agriculture and household manufacture are advancing, and with all our peace and friendship are established on grounds much firmer than heretofore. The measure adopted of establishing trading houses among them and of furnishing them necessaries in exchange for their commodities at such moderate prices as leave no gain, but cover us from loss, has the most conciliatory and useful effect on them, and is that which will best secure their peace and good will. Thomas Jefferson
Agriculture, manufactures, commerce, and navigation, the 4 pillars of our prosperity … Thomas Jefferson
The people of this country have been erroneously encouraged to believe that they could keep on increasing the output of farm and factory indefinitely and that some magician would find ways and means for that increased output to be consumed with reasonable profit to the producer. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The white race . . . will be proprietors of the land, and the blacks its cultivators; such is their destiny. Garrett Davis
The railroads were built at the expense of the destruction of agriculture. Fyodor Dostoevsky
The cultivators of the earth are the most virtuous citizens, and possess most of the amor patriae. Merchants are the least virtuous, and possess the least of the amor patriae. Thomas Jefferson
We are sufficiently aware of the vast extent of the lands within Our Empire, We perceive, among other things, that a considerable number of regions are still uncultivated which could easily and advantageously be made available for productive use of population and settlement. Most of the lands hold hidden in their depth an inexhaustible wealth of all kinds of precious ores and metals, and because they are well provided with forests, rivers and lakes, and located close to the sea for purpose of trade …. We permit all foreigners to come into Our Empire, in order to settle in all the governments, just as each one may desire. Catherine II
All taxes must, at last, fall upon agriculture. Artaxerxes; Arsicas
The agricultural and industrial system of a free people, like their political system, ought to be an accurate reflex of the democratic principle by the people for the people, solely in the interests of the people. James Connolly
Establishment at public expense of rural depots for the most improved agricultural machinery, to be lent out to the agricultural population at a rent covering cost and management alone. James Connolly
Sam Houston's republic was a struggling frontier community of less than forty thousand people; it was a series of plantations and farms carved out of the Southern forests along the river bottoms extending up from the Gulf, with an utterly colonial economy. Most Texans were subsistence farmers, with a little barter on the side. The planters exported their cotton against imported goods; the balance of trade was yet adverse. The largest towns were frontier outposts with mud streets and at most a few thousand assorted people. There was no money economy, nor any money. There were no banks or improved roads or organized schools. There was no industry — everything from pins to powder had to be imported from the United States. Over this sprawling community the government was only loosely organized T. R. Fehrenbach
A problem is that if all of us are collectively responsible for a big world goal, then no single agency or politician is held accountable if the goal is not met. Collective responsibility for world goals works about as well as collective farms in agriculture, and for the same reason. William Easterly
Soil erosion is a national menace. Hugh Hammond Bennett
The plains are almost wholly uninhabitable by people depending upon agriculture. Stephen H. Long
We had better look out for ourselves and make the rest of the world look out for themselves. If we tried to feed the world, we will starve and perhaps destroy America… George S. Patton
Agriculture and commerce Anonymous
Crime doesn't pay, but neither does farming. Anonymous
Frankenstein Food Anonymous
He who has planted will preserve. Qui plantavit curabit Anonymous
The Negro’s first want is, not the ballot, but a chance to live,—yes sir, a chance to live. Why he can't even live without the consent of the white man! He has no land; he can make no crops except the white man gives him the chance. He hasn't any timber; he can't get a stick of wood without leave from the white man. We crowd him into the fewest possible employments, and then he can scarcely get work anywhere but in the rice-fields and cotton plantations of a white man who has owned him and given up slavery only at the point of a bayonet... What sort of freedom is that? Anonymous
Thieves and bandits multiplied in number … Peasants gave up all cultivation. All food reserves were exhausted in the villages … People roamed about carrying their children in search of rice. The price of rice soared. People lived on [wild] vegetables and herbs and ate rats and snakes. Dead bodies lay about on the roads. Anonymous
Vote Yourself A Farm. Anonymous
SOCIALISM—You have two cows, you give one to your neighbor; COMMUNISM—You have two cows, the government takes them both and gives you the milk; FASCISM—You have two cows, the government takes both and sells you the milk NAZISM—You have two cows, the government takes both and shoots you; CAPITALISM—You have two cows, you sell one and buy a bull; TRADE UNIONISM—You have two cows, they take them from you, shoot one, milk the other and throw the milk away; MORAL: Don't have anything to do with cows. They only bring you trouble. Anonymous
Reform would be difficult, for Indian warriors thought death less irksome than daily labor; and men who did not fear death were not easily driven to toil. Henry Adams
In the developing countries the United Nations doesn't mean frustration, confrontation or condemnation. It means environmental sanitation, agricultural production, telecommunications, the fight against illiteracy, the great struggle against poverty ignorance and disease. Miguel A. Albornoz
When it comes to agriculture, there's no such thing as a free market. Dwayne Andreas
We don't pay miners not to mine, and we shouldn't pay farmers not to farm. Richard K. Armey
We don't pay truckers not to truck, we don't pay miners not to mine and we shouldn't pay farmers not to farm. Richard K. Armey
There are three thing which make a nation great and prosperous: a fertile soil, busy workshops, easy conveyance for men and goods from place to place. Francis Bacon
[Defending agricultural subsidies:] France is the world's second-biggest exporter of agriculture products, and it must remain so. Edouard Balladur
We all flourish or decline with the farmer. Bernard Baruch
When you’re dealing with a commodity, high productivity means that nobody makes any money. Robert S. Bennett
The farmer may often have suffered from excessive interest and grasping creditors; but it was no less frequently the avarice of the lender that got him into trouble than the fact that he was too sanguine and too prone to believe that he could safely go into debt, on the assumption that crops and prices in the future would equal those in the present. Arthur Bentley
There have been … totalitarian forces in our lifetime: The totalitarianism of fascism and now of capitalism. Jose Bove
The only thing I'd like to see hi [Jimmy Carter] do when he gets to the White House is appoint a working farmer as secretary of agriculture, that's all. Billy Carter
The relationship of the harvester to … the sea or the land is more than economic. It is organic. Richard Cashin
I am in complete solidarity with France's farm workers, and I detest McDonald's. Jacques Chirac
The issue here is greedy people refusing to share with others ... There has been an unhealthy high turnout of white voters which will damage race relations because the Constitution has racial overtones. Florence Chitauro
All presbyters, clerks, monks, converts, pilgrims, and peasants, when they are engaged in the labours of husbandry, together with their cattle in their ploughs, and the feed which they carry into the field, shall enjoy perfect security; and that all who molest tem, if they do not desist when they have been admonished, shall be excommunicated. Church of England
All God’s dangers ain’t White men. Ned Cobb
Three acres and a cow. Jesse Collings
No complicated scheme of relief, no plan for government fixing of prices, no resort to the Public Treasury will be of any value … Calvin Coolidge
It has been attested by all experience that agriculture tends to discouragement and decadence whenever the predominant interests of the country turn to manufacture and trade. Calvin Coolidge
Saving one more young life would be far more valuable than the loss of a Sunday roast. Jack Cunningham
Genetic pollution is considerably more dangerous than oil spills. You can’t just go out there and put a boom around it and put it back in. Kristin Dawkins
Most of human history has consisted of unequal conflicts between the haves and have nots. Jared Diamond
The only way to keep food prices down is to keep them [farmers] down on the farm after they've seen the parity. Michael V. DiSalle
Carter took a poke at the Soviet bear and knocked out the American farmer. Bob Dole
If you don't eat, don't worry about the farmer. Bob Dole
Our performance should be based on the long-term health of the land, rather than the number of board feet produced. Michael Dombeck
Marxism has not only failed to promote human freedom. It has failed to produce food. John Dos Passos
This is an election year and practical politicians sense there is leverage in the agricultural states affected by the drought. Lowell Dyson
Perhaps never in the history of a nation founded by agrarian self-starters has the federal government propped up rural America to such a degree. Timothy Egan
The first farmer was the first man, and all historic nobility rests on possession and use of land. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Water is the basis for Jewish existence in the Land of Israel. Levi Eshkol
It's raining on Republican farms. It's raining on Democratic farms. So our response must be quick, effective and non-partisan. Mike Espy
It's unreasonable, unworkable, expensive and unfair. Mike Espy
more speedily educate ourselves when all the balance of labor's products become concentrated in the hands of a few, there to constitute a power that would enslave posterity. Farmers Alliance; Knights of Reliance
All the people of the earth could be fed from the land within a circle of a thousand mile radius [of Kansas City.] Charles S. Gleed
We cannot blindly embrace the benefits of technology. Dan Glickman
I used to have a lot more hair before I got involved with this milk business …. We don't have a lot of public support for our milk policies and that probably indicates we're doing it right. Dan Glickman
Our present system of handling farm products is altogether too costly. American wheat undersells English wheat in the English market, because of the extensive use of economical machinery in the United States. P. Anderson Graham
You pay more for the TV commercial for the [breakfast] cereal than the farmer gets. Kika de la Garza
There is and can be no just title to an exclusive possession of the soil. Henry George
Pray for rain! Marlin Fitzwater
Middle men are paying farmers less, charging consumers more and pocketing the difference.... For the first time in history consumers have gotten soaked by a drought. Jim Hightower
The artificial is everywhere; everywhere food is adulterated, filled with ingredients that supposedly make it last longer, or look better, or pass as "enriched" or whatever else the industry's admen want us to believe. Heinrich Himmler
Whole towns, communities and forms of agriculture with their homes, schools and churches have been built up under this system of protection [tariffs]. The grass will grow in a hundred cities, a thousand towns; the weeds will overrun millions of farms if that protection is taken away Herbert Hoover
Tell our friends the news, that we have beaten the enemy. Tell them to come on and let the people plant corn. Sam Houston
The pen is not mightier than the sword; and mightier than either, and more necessary, is the hoe. Edgar Watson Howe
I think Bensen’s farm policy is insane. Hubert Humphrey
The agricultural interest of the country is connected with every other, and superior in importance to them all. Andrew Jackson
Animal hybrids have no genuine power of propagation, and hybrid peoples have just as little posterity. Friedrich Ludwig Jahn
Beyond a doubt there are enough maples to produce sugar adequate to the consumption of every American and some Europeans too …. Attention to sugar orchards is essentially necessary to the independence of our country. Thomas Jefferson
It results from our having such quantities of land to waste as we please. In Europe the object is to make the most of their land, labour being abundant: here it is to make the most of our labour, land being abundant Thomas Jefferson
My children, persevere in your friendship to the United States. We will never injure you nor permit you to be injured by any white people, and we trust that you will take care that none of our people are injured by yours. Encourage among you the cultivation of the earth, raising of cattle, spinning and weaving, and we will assist you in it. With plenty of food and clothing you will raise many children, multiply, be strong and happy. May the Great Spirit protect and prosper you in all your just pursuits. Farewell. Thomas Jefferson
The earth is given as a common stock for man to labour and live on. If for the encouragement of industry we allow it to be appropriated, we must take care that other employment to those excluded from the appropriation. Thomas Jefferson
There is not a sprig of grass that grows uninteresting to me. Thomas Jefferson
Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever He had a chosen people, whose breasts He has made His peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue. Thomas Jefferson
We must now place the manufacturer by the side of the agriculturist. Thomas Jefferson
Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread. Thomas Jefferson
The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture. Thomas Jefferson
Farmers are farmers in the first place because they have the deep-seated instinct to raise crops, not to cut them back, not to leave the land unproductive. Lyndon B. Johnson
I enjoy seeing the press. I learn much from reporters. In the White House press corps alone there are at least half a dozen experts already on animal husbandry. Lyndon B. Johnson
All those who controlled the moneyed institutions of the state either did not choose to do business with us, or they feared the ill will of a certain class of businessmen who considered their interests antagonistic to those of our order. Charles W. Macune
The people we seek to relieve [farmers] from the oppression of unjust conditions are the largest and most conservative class of citizens in this country. Charles W. Macune
No civilization worthy of the name has every been founded on any agricultural basis other than that of cereals. Paul Christoph Manglesdorf
While we have land to labor, let us never wish to see our citizens occupied at a workbench or twirling a distaff. Carpenters, masons, smiths, are wanting in husbandry; but for the general operations of manufacture, let our workshops remain in Europe. Thomas Jefferson
The commercial cities... are as different in sentiment and character from the country people as any two distinct nations, and are clamorous against the order of things established by the agricultural interest. Thomas Jefferson
We Americans have food in massive oversupply. That oversupply has crushed farm prices. We must dispose of the surpluses in order to strengthen prices, and we should dispose of them by feeding the starving and hungry overseas and the malnourished at home. John Melcher
Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate farmers, liquidate real estate. It will purge the rottenness out of the system. High costs of living and high living will come down. People will work harder, live a more moral life. Values will be adjusted, and enterprising people will pick up the wrecks from less competent people. Andrew Mellon
Cambodia is barbarian. The people do not know the proper way to grow food. They use mattocks and hoes but no oxen. They grow enough rice … but do not know how to store rice for an emergency. Minh Mang
A secure and independent agricultural peasantry is the only base on which a people rises. James Fintan Lalor
Concentrate our strength in agriculture and increase our potential. Le Thanh Tong
What you farmers need to do is raise less corn and more hell. Mary Elizabeth Lease
Because he was unorganized, the farmer has been made the financial shock absorber.... He fed the nation and he lost his home. William Lemke
Here in Washington the farmers are being treated like a bunch of suckers and as if they don't know anything and need a guardian. William Lemke
Agriculture, confessedly the largest interest in the nation, has not a department or a bureau, but a clerkship only, assigned to it in the government.... I venture the opinion that an agricultural and statistical bureau might profitably be organized. Abraham Lincoln
Population must increase rapidly, more rapidly than in former times, and ere long the most valuable of all arts will be the art of deriving a comfortable subsistence from the smallest area of soil. Abraham Lincoln
The American farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything he buys at retail, sells everything he sells at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways. John F. Kennedy
The commerce of the United States is essential, if not to their existence, at least to their comfort, their growth, prosperity, and happiness. The genius, character, and habits of the people are highly commercial. Their cities have been formed and exist upon commerce. Our agriculture, fisheries, arts, and manufactures are connected with and depend upon it. In short, commerce has made this country what it is, and it can not be destroyed or neglected without involving the people in poverty and distress. John Adams
If a man rent his field for tillage for a fixed rental, and receive the rent of his field, but bad weather come and destroy the harvest, the injury falls upon the tiller of the soil. Hammurabi
If any one open his ditches to water his crop, but is careless, and the water flood the field of his neighbor, then he shall pay his neighbor corn for his loss Hammurabi
Farming teaches a brutal work ethic that serves society well when farm kids move to the city. Blake Hurst
Our Indian neighbors are advancing, many of them with spirit, and others beginning to engage in the pursuits of agriculture and household manufacture. They are becoming sensible that the earth yields subsistence with less labor and more certainty than the forest. Thomas Jefferson
Another important acquisition of territory has also been made since the last session of Congress. The friendly tribe of Kaskaskia Indians with which we have never had a difference, reduced by the wars and wants of savage life to a few individuals unable to defend themselves against the neighboring tribes, has transferred its country to the United States, reserving only for its members what is sufficient to maintain them in an agricultural way Thomas Jefferson
We will seek to eliminate scandalous agricultural subsidies which developed nations have that harms our own agriculture. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
No loss, in proportion to its amount, affects the interest of the nation so deeply, and vitally, and is so difficult to recover, as the loss of agricultural capital and produce Thomas Malthus
All our riches for the present do consist in Tobacco. John Pory
All over Russia, spades are worn out, men are plowing with burnt staves instead of with plowshares, scratching the surface of the ground, and instead of harrowing with a steel-spiked harrow of some weight, are brushing the ground with light constructions of wooden spikes bound together with wattles. Arthur Ransome
The invention of the other arts must therefore have been necessary to compel mankind to apply themselves to agriculture. No sooner were artificers wanted to smelt and forge iron, than others were required to maintain them; the more hands that were employed in manufactures, the fewer were left to provide for the common subsistence, though the number of mouths to be furnished with food remained the same. Jean Jacques Rousseau
RESOLVED, That this town join with other parishes of this province in obtaining from Rome an excommunication against the insects, and that it will contribute pro rata to the expenses of the same France Thonon
Corne, which is the staffe of life Edward Winslow
The [Agricultural] Department’s budget was $51 billion last year – more than the total net income of American farmers. Karl Zinsmeister
At this moment came the direful struggle between the great parties in Congress founded upon the claim which the majority . . . from the north of the Potomac made to the right to lay any tax upon the importations into the United States which was intended to act as a protection to northern manufacturers by excluding foreign fabrics of the same kind. Hence all the states to the south of the Potomac became dependent upon the Northern States for a supply of whatever thing they might want, and in this way the South was compelled to sell its products low and buy from the North all articles it needed from twenty-five to one hundred and twenty-five per cent higher than from France to England . . John Floyd
The great increase of the contraband opium trade was the cause of frequent comment on the Upper Yangtsze. It seems to parallel what one hears of the liquor-smuggling in America, for I was told that large numbers were being attracted by the great profits, and people of hitherto unimpeachable reputation were engaged in the trade; so that in this way, as well as by the use of the drug, numerous people were being debauched. . . . Caravans of the drug have been brought over by the soldiers from Yunnan and Kueichow, where the planting has been encouraged and even insisted upon by the officials, who in some cases have taxed it when planted, when in blossom, and when the drug is gathered. North China Herald
Advocates of pump priming forget that they are draining the well. Herbert Hoover
Every revolutionary comrade should know that the national revolution requires a great change in the countryside. The Revolution of 1911 did not bring about this change, hence its failure. Mao Zedong
In any culture where a proportion of people can obtain protein from animal sources, beans will be reviled as food fit only for peasants. Ken Albala
Tell me not of rights; talk not of the property of the planter in his slaves! I deny the right--I acknowledge not the property! The principles, the feelings of our nature, rise in rebellion against it Henry Peter Brougham
If white labor is too high for agriculture, laborers on contract may be brought from China …. 97-100 of the present population are opposed to it [slavery] …. We left the slave states because we did not like to bring up a family in a miserable, can’t-help-one’s-self condition, … as dearly we love the union, we would prefer California independent to seeing her a slave State. The Californian
These are terrible times. All our young in the Armies, not [any] men left to suppress a Negro insurrection …. As yet I have not sold a lock of Cotton James Henry Hammond
What would happen if no cotton was furnished for three years? …. You dare not make war on cotton. No power on earth dares to make war upon it. Cotton is king. James Henry Hammond
Odium has been cast upon our legislation on account of its forbidding the elements of education to be communicated to slaves. But, in truth, what injury is done to them by this? He who works during the day with his hands does not read in the intervals of his leisure for his amusement or the improvement of his mind. If there were any chance of their elevating their rank and condition in society, it might be a matter of hardship that they should be denied those rudiments of knowledge which open the way to further attainments. William Harper
African slavery is the corner-stone of the industrial, social, and political fabric of the South; and whatever wars against it, wars against her very existence. Strike down the institution of African slavery and you reduce the South to depopulation and barbarism. Lawrence Massillon Keitt
America, which up to the arrival of the Europeans had but one cereal, maize, and but one domestic animal for labor, the llama, and we can rejoice that the Europeans imported with themselves and their tools the ox, the ass and the horse, corn, cotton, sugarcane, coffee and finally the vine and the orange tree, creating there a new world of that glorious society which produces merchandise and which with an extraordinary swiftness of movement has already traversed the two phases of the blackest slavery and the most democratic wage system. Antonio Labriola
Shall we encourage our young men to be farmers and mechanics? Yes, a thousand times yes, encourage them to become producers as well as consumers, to be owners and tillers of the soil as well as cultivators and rentors; teach them that it is just as honorable to be an honest farmer as to be a lawyer, teacher or a preacher, and the royal road to success and happiness is built on honest labor, either of muscle or brain. Benjamin William Arnett
Is it asked do I yet say colonize Africa? I reply, yes. The surpassing fertility of the African soil, the mildness of the climate during a great part of the year, the numerous commercial advantages, the stores of fish and herds of animals to be found here, invite her scattered children home. As regards myself, I counted the cost of engaging in this service, before I left America. I came to these shores to die, and any thing better than death, is better than I expect. Samuel Bacon
Nowhere, in the farming portion of the United States, would slave labor be generally employed, if the proprietor were not tempted to raise slaves, by the high price of the Southern market which keeps it up in his own. Henry Clay
Everything works harmoniously now. Even the small planters (Spanish) are giving in their adhesion to the present disposition of affairs, going so far, in some cases, as to send their own children to ask admittance into this school. I have now some half-dozen of the small planters who come to my night-school, where they recite on the same benches with the freedmen. This I consider progress B. Rush Plumly
Determine to listen to nothing that is bad; do not take up the tomahawk …. Do not meddle with anything that does not belong to you, but mind your own business and cultivate the ground … Prophet; Tenskwatawa
Havana.- If 1959 was the Year of Liberation, 1960 was the Year of the Agrarian Reform. The nation lived days of intense transformations, not only political but, also, in every aspect of social and individual activity of its citizens. Jean-Paul Sartre
Whereas, the plantations and estates of this Province cannot be well and sufficiently managed and brought into use without the labor and service of negroes and other slaves … South Carolina
I saw their fields under very respectable cultivation, and bearing good crops. They had exchanged their original rude wigwams for comfortable houses, with barns and offices attached to them, scarcely if at all inferior to those of the whites, and some of the houses have little plots or gardens in front kept in good order… All these marks of improvement surprised us; we did not expect to meet with a state of such high comparative civilization. John Tawse
The abolition of death penalty would give more opportunities for pastoral work with those who have stumbled and for the latter to repent. It is also evident that punishment by death cannot be reformatory; it also makes misjudgement irreparable Russian Orthodox Church
In an exercise of rationalizing competing interests, nobody usually gets 100% of what they want. That’s what multiple use is all about. Mark Rey
The majority of us don’t want to be farmers, see farmers, pay farmers, or hear their complaints. Except as straw-chewing figures in children’s books, we don’t quite believe in them anymore Barbara Kingsolver
Why not give Palestine back to them again? According to God's distribution of nations it is their home, an inalienable possession from which they were expelled by force. Under their cultivation it was a remarkably fruitful land sustaining millions of Israelites who industrially tilled its hillsides and valleys. They were agriculturists and producers as well as a nation of great commercial importance -- the center of civilization and religion…. it is their home, an inalienable possession from which they were expelled by force. Under their cultivation it was a remarkably fruitful land sustaining millions of Israelites who industrially tilled its hillsides and valleys. They were agriculturists and producers as well as a nation of great commercial importance -- the center of civilization and religion…. Does not Palestine … rightfully belong to the Jews? …. If they could have autonomy in government the Jews of the world would rally to transport and establish their suffering brethren in their time-honored- habitation. For over seventeen centuries they have patiently waited for such an opportunity. William Eugene Blackstone
I was once a doubter whether the labor of the cultivator, aided by the creative powers of the earth itself, would not produce more than that of the manufacturer alone, and unassisted by the dead subject on which he acted ... But the invention of the latter times, by labor saving machines, do as much now for the manufacturer as the earth does for the cultivator... Thomas Jefferson
We must now place the manufacturer beside the agriculturalist... The grand inquiry now is, shall we manufacture our own comforts, or go without them at the will of a foreign nation. He, therefore, who is now against domestic manufacturers must be for reducing us to dependence on that nation, or to be clothed in skins and live like wild beasts in dens and caverns. I am proud to say I am not one of these. Thomas Jefferson
The proposed tariff is a tax to be levied principally on the great body of agriculturalists who constitute a large majority of the American people and who are the chief consumers of foreign imports... Instead of struggling against the dictates of reason and nature, and madly trying to produce everything at home, countries should study to direct their labors things for which they are best adapted. ... We ask no tax on manufacturers for our benefit. Fredericksburg Agricultural Society
Philosophy of agriculture itself is changing, becoming systematized and mechanized…. Men of virtue and talents ... are bringing science to the aid of agriculture and introducing method and management to the dull monotony of a farmers life Hezekiah Niles
We say, pay talent well and genius generously, but pay well also the arm that toils; pay the needle, the saw, the spade, the hoe, the mop. Lemuel K. Washburn
There are 6 million people in the world. With organic farming, we will only be able to feed 4 billion of them. Which 2 billion will volunteer to die? Norman Borlaug
Let’s help farmers when they need it; let’s not, when they don’t. Ron Kind
For years, the United States has criticized Europe for lavishly supporting its farmers, but the truth is, the United States and European Union spend roughly equal amounts on farm support, which is spread across 7 million farms in the European Union (16 million after E.U. enlargement) as opposed to 2 million farms (mostly large ones) in the United States. Guenter Burghardt
Cattle, horses, mules, asses... may be pastured on this land or place which is public property of the Roman people, … nor need anyone be charged tax or rental for this privilege. Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus
Ah, Nebraska Land, Sweet Nebraska Land! Upon thy burning soil I stand. And I look away, across the plains, And I wonder why it never rains. Anonymous
I have confidence, not only in this country and her institutions, but in the endurance, capacity, and destiny of my people. We will, as opportunity offers and ability serves, seek our places, sometimes in the field of letters, arts, sciences, and the professions. More frequently mechanical pursuits will attract and elicit our efforts; more still of my people will find employment and livelihood as the cultivators of the soil. Blanche K. Bruce
In many parts of Ireland the breed of cows is so wretched that feeding them involves a certain loss of land. William Field
Bad farming in Ireland is due to want of education and to the enhanced subdivision of the land. When the farmer gets higher up the social scale he will have more sense than to make beggars of his children by subdivision S. M. Hussey
Whole families used to starve in their cabins without their plight being discovered until the stench of their decaying corpses attracted notice. S. M. Hussey
Don’t confuse me with all that. Just tell me how to vote to help your farmers. John F. Kennedy
This demand for fixity of tenure is not, as is often supposed, a mere cry of disaffected and impracticable Socialists. It springs from a vague but true perception of the causes of the depression under which the agricultural interest, and with it the whole prosperity of Ireland, labors Edward W. O'Brien
The laborer thus became a commercial speculator in potatoes. He sunk his capital in manuring the ground, and in seed. He mortgaged his labor for a part of the ensuing year for the rent of his field. If his speculation proved successful, he was able to replace his capital, to fatten his pig, and to support himself and his family, while he cleared off his debt to the farmer. If it failed, his former savings were gone; his heap of manure had been expended to no purpose in preparing his field; and he had lost the means of rendering his pig fit for market. But his debt to the farmer still remained, and the scanty wages which he could earn at some periods of the year, were reduced not only by the increased number of persons looking for work, but also by the diminished ability of the farmers to employ them Quakers
If any individual belonging to said tribe, or legally incorporated with it, being the head of a family, shall desire to commence farming, he shall have the privilege to select, in the presence and with the assistance of the agent in charge, a tract of land within said reservation, not exceeding one hundred and six acres in extent … the same may be occupied and held in the exclusive possession of the person selecting it, and of his family, so long as he or they may continue to cultivate it William Tecumseh Sherman
[The plow] is the instrument which separates civilization from savagery; and converts a desert into a farm or garden.... To be more concise, Rain follows the plow. Charles Dana Wilber
Agricultural chemistry was not something that could be readily mastered by farmers, nor could the new machines be easily operated and maintained. Agricultural schools were needed to provide the necessary training. Then, if local gentry and rich households with large landholdings tried new methods—and if the new techniques were effective—the people will naturally follow them. Zhang Zhidong
It is indispensably necessary that they be placed in positions [reservations] where they can be controlled and finally compelled by sheer necessity to resort to agricultural labor or starve. Considering, as the untutored Indian does, that labor is a degradation, and that there is nothing worthy of his ambitions but prowess in war, success in the chase, and eloquence in council, it is only under such circumstances that his haughty pride can be subdued, and his wild energies trained to the more ennobling pursuits of civilized life. Luke Lea
In the Department of Agriculture, the use of scientific experiments on a large scale and the spread of information derived from them for the improvement of general agriculture must go on. William Howard Taft
Great quantities of fertile land are standing idle in our State, while at the same time great numbers of men and women and children are going hungry. We intend to start today to end that condition, and to put the idle people on the idle land to produce food for themselves Upton Sinclair
The introduction of genetically engineered (GE) organisms into the complex ecosystems of our environment is a dangerous global experiment with nature and evolution … GE organisms must not be released into the environment. They pose unacceptable risks to ecosystems, and have the potential to threaten biodiversity, wildlife and sustainable forms of agriculture. Greenpeace International
Do we wish the Indians any evil? No we would do them good, for they are human beings, though most awfully degraded. We would have taught them to plow & sow, and reap and thresh, but they prefer idleness and theft. Brigham Young
In Victorian England, laborers were pushed off the farms, replaced by steam power. Adam Hart-Davis
Farming helped bring another curse upon humanity: deep class divisions. Hunter-gatherers have little or no stored food, and no concentrated food sources, like an orchard or a herd of cows: they live off the wild plants and animals they obtain each day. Therefore, there can be no kings, no class of social parasites who grow fat on food seized from others. Only in a farming population could a healthy, non-producing élite set itself above the disease-ridden masses. Jared Diamond
Sedentary agriculture is a necessary structure for state formation—not a sufficient structure but a necessary one.. James C. Scott
Great improvements must also take place which far surpass the momentum of power that a single nation can produce, but will with facility proceed from their united strength. The hand of art will change the face of the universe. Mountains, deserts, and oceans will feel its mighty force. It will not then be debated whether hills shall be prostrated, but whether the Alps and the Andes shall be leveled; nor whether sterile fields shall be fertilized, but whether the deserts of Africa shall feel the power of cultivation; nor whether rivers shall be joined, but whether the Caspian shall see the Mediterranean, and the waves of the Pacific lave the Atlantic. DeWitt Clinton
The destiny of world civilization depends on providing a decent standard of living for all mankind …. The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. Norman Borlaug
The slogan that agriculture is the backbone of the nation still remains in theory and not in practice. Dominic Kambarage
Wallace Melons Anonymous
First: to encourage them to abandon hunting, to apply to the raising stock, to agriculture and domestic manufacture, and thereby prove to themselves that less land and labor will maintain them in this, better than in their former mode of living. The extensive forests necessary in the hunting life, will then become useless, and they will see advantage in exchanging them for the means of improving their farms, and of increasing their domestic comforts. Secondly: to multiply trading houses among them, and place within their reach those things which will contribute more to their domestic comfort, than the possession of extensive, but uncultivated wilds. Experience and reflection will develop to them the wisdom of exchanging what they can spare and we want, for what we can spare and they want. In leading them to agriculture, to manufactures, and civilization; in bringing together their and our settlements, and in preparing them ultimately to participate in the benefits of our governments. Thomas Jefferson
This year alone, total world cereal production was estimated to be 2,114 million tons, while total cereal demand was projected at around 1007 million tones, less than half of the cereal production. Ideally, no one should starve or die of hunger in the world we live. Strangely and sadly enough, they do. This is not fair. This is not right. Jakaya Kikwete
The third type of African farmers may rightly he called the industrious class. Among them there are no slovenly owners, drunkards, or such as find the weather too cold and wet during the ploughing and sowing season and too warm and windy during harvest time and who neglect and diminish their sources of income by leaving all the work to a few slaves. Industrious farmers let no hour pass unused. Even in the season between Sowing and harvesting, when the countryman could sometimes have an easy time, they keep themselves and their servants busy: and when the weather is so inclement that nothing can be done Outside, the slaves under cover of a roof, in the barn or in their dwellings, will at least make ropes and cords out of old anchor cables, for tying oxen and knee-haltering horses O. F. Mentzel
The potato is the Devil’s Plant. To eat one is a sin. Roman Catholic Church
That million and a half of men, women, and children were carefully, prudently, and peacefully slain by the English Government. They died of hunger in the midst of abundance which their own hands created; and it is quite immaterial to distinguish those who perished in the agonies of famine itself from those who died by typhus fever, which in Ireland is always caused by famine. Further, this was strictly an artificial famine-that is to say, it was a famine which desolated a rich and fertile island that produced every year abundance and superabundance to sustain all her people and many more. The English, indeed, call that famine a dispensation of Providence, and ascribe it entirely to the blight of the potatoes. But potatoes failed in like manner all over Europe, yet there was no famine save in Ireland. The British account of the matter, then, is first a fraud; second, a blasphemy. The Almighty, indeed, sent the potato blight, but the English created the famine. John Mitchel
I look upon the introduction of guano, and the success attending its application to our barren lands, in the light of a special interposition of Divine Providence, to save the northern neck of Virginia from reverting entirely into its former state of wilderness and utter desolation. Until the discovery of guano—more valuable to us than the mines of California—I looked upon the possibility of renovating our soil, of ever bringing it to a point capable of producing remunerating crops, as utterly hopeless. Our up-lands were all worn out, and our bottom-lands fast failing, and if it had not been for guano, to revive our last hope, a few years more and the whole country must have been deserted by all who desired to increase their own wealth, or advance the cause of civilization by a proper cultivation of the earth Willoughby Newton
Land is the productivity of our country. Dennis Hastert
We have no longer States that are necessarily only planting States. None are excluded from achieving that diversification of pursuits among the people which brings wealth and contentment. Benjamin Harrison
The cultivation of the earth, as the primary and most certain source of national supply ... has intrinsically a strong claim to pre-eminence over every other kind of industry. Alexander Hamilton
The most serious domestic matter facing the United States today is the decline in agricultural income John F. Kennedy
During the last two or three generations the Jews have recreated in Palestine a community now numbering 80,000, of whom about one fourth are farmers or workers upon the land. This community has its own political organs; an elected assembly for the direction of its domestic concerns; elected councils in the towns; and an organization for the control of its schools …. It has its distinctive intellectual life and displays considerable economic activity. England
Although the power to regulate commerce does not give a power to build piers, wharves, open ports, clear the beds of rivers, dig canals, build warehouses, build manufacturing machines, set up manufactories, cultivate the earth, to all of which the power would go if it went to the first, yet a power to provide and maintain a navy is a power to provide receptacles for it, and places to cover and preserve it Thomas Jefferson
We didn’t give them permission to repeal the ethanol subsidy. We just told them that it would not break the pledge that they had made … Grover Norquist
My God, what has this country come to when one person has to give you permission to do what's best for the country? Bill Clinton
The purchasers of public lands are among the most useful of our fellow citizens …. Under the system of sales, matured as it has been by experience, and adapted to the exigencies of the times, the lands will continue as they have become, an abundant source of revenue. John Quincy Adams
No subject can better engage our attention than the promotion of trade and commerce at home and abroad. Domestic conditions are sure to be improved by larger exchanges with the nations of the world. We are already reaching out with good results. Our surplus products of agriculture and manufacture are finding a foreign market, and in the latter case to a degree which would not have been believed possible a quarter of a century ago. We have made wonderful progress in this direction, and have only just begun. Our manufactured products go to every nation of the world, and I hope the time may be not far distant when our ships, under the Stars and Stripes, will be on every sea where commerce is carried and the wants of mankind are to be supplied. William McKinley
Abolish all monopolies of agricultural produce, or of every other articles whatsoevader, adeas well as all permits from the local governors, either for the purchase of any article, or for its removal from one place to another when purchased, any attempt to compel the citizens of the United States of America to receive such "permits" from the local governors shall be considered as an infraction of this treaty, and the Sublime Porte shall immediately punish with severity any viziers, or other officers, who shall have been guilty of such misconduct, and shall render full justice to citizens of the United States of America for all losses or injuries which they may duly prove themselves to have suffered thereby. Ottoman Empire; United States; Turkey
The Middle East was once an economically advanced region of the world, as measured by standard of living, technology, agricultural productivity, literacy or institutiontopmeal creativity. Only China might have been even more developed. Subsequently, however, the Middle East failed to match the institutional transformation through which western Europe vastly increased its capacity to pool resources, coordinate productive activities and conduct exchanges. Timur Kuran
Within a century or so after the discovery of America, more than fifty new foods had been carried back to the Old World, including maize, turkey, white potato, pumpkin, squash, the so-called Jerusalem artichoke, avocado, chocolate, and several kinds of beans. Potatoes and maize now rank second and third in total tonnage of the world's crops, behind rice but ahead of what is probably man's oldest cultivated grain, wheat. Peter Farb
Even today the Soviet Union cannot even feed itself. Ronald Reagan
… any one having a good musket... and six months' provisions Philip Carteret
A nation that derives its subsistence, principally from the forest, cannot live in the vicinity of one that relies upon the products of the field. The clearing of the country drives off the wild beasts; and when the game fails, the hunter must starve, change his occupation, or retire from the approach of cultivation. DeWitt Clinton
The enhancement of the profits of agriculture, the excitement of manufacturing industry, the activity of internal trade, the benefits of lucrative traffic; the interchange of valuable commodities – the commerce of fertile, remote, and wide-spread regions, and the approximation of the most distant parts of the Union, by the facility and rapidity of communication that will result from the completion of these stupendous works, will spread the blessings of plenty and opulence to an immeasurable extent. The resources of the State are fully adequate without extraneous aid; and when we consider that every portion of the nation will feel the animating spirit and vivifying influences of these great works; that they will receive the benediction of posterity and command the approbation of the civilized world; we are required to persevere by every dictate of interest, by every sentiment of honor, by every injunction of patriotism, and by every consideration which ought to influence the councils and govern the conduct of a free, high-minded, enlightened, and magnanimous people. DeWitt Clinton
England administered Palestine in a manner which enabled the Jews to flood it with immigrants and helped them to settle in the country, notwithstanding the fact that it was proved that the density of the population in Palestine had exceeded the economic capacity of the country to absorb additional immigrants. Arab League
In most parts of our world, the rural community dominates. The numbers of people in rural communities in the Islamic world, plus the difficulty of addressing the problems of development in rural communities, is a central issue. Aga Khan IV
The Diesel engine can be fed with vegetable oils and would help considerably in the development of agriculture of the countries which use it. Rudolf Diesel
She has a fertile soil, and genial climate; she has [vast] forests and abundant fisheries, unlimited water power, pastures upon which even during winter, innumerable flocks and herds can subsist, with no other care than the mere herding; and prairies which could with only moderate labor, furnish the whole of our Pacific Territories with bread. John P. Gaines
It's not up to the Americans to tell us how to organize our farm policy and the balance of our society. Jacques Delors
Agricultural science is largely the contest between emerging pests and the emerging methods of their control. Aldo Leopold
This ground we were brought on, it is not productive. We plant but it does not yield. All the stock we brought here has died . . . we have done all we could possibly do, but found it to be labor in vain . . . For that reason we have not planted or tried to do anything this year. It is true we put seed in the ground but it would not grow two feet high. The reason I cannot tell, only I think this ground was never intended for us. We know how to irrigate and farm. Still we cannot raise a crop here. Barboncito
If a man farms his land to the waste of the soil or the tress, he destroys not only his own assets but Nature's assets. Franklin D. Roosevelt
We have been discovering that vast numbers of our farming population live in a poverty more abject than that of many of the farmers of Europe, whom we are wont to call peasants Franklin D. Roosevelt
Many of those who represent great cities have shown their understanding and necessity of helping the agricultural third of the nation. I hope that those who represent constituencies primarily agricultural will not underestimate the importance of extending like aid to the industrial third. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The conscripts between the ages of 18 and 40 have been called into Confederate service. Hence the laboring class of men is scarce, and the farms, in a great measure, have to be cultivated by women and children. Anonymous
There was a time when I led soldiers to battle, thinking I was doing my duty as a Russian patriot. However, I understood that we have been cheated, that people needed peace. . . . Therefore, my military career had to end. With no remorse, I could go back to my favorite occupation, working in the field. Aleksandr Mikhaylovich Vasilevsky
A store of grain, Oh king is the best of treasures. A gem put in your mouth will not support life. Hitopadesa
We must plant the sea and herd its animals . . . using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilization is all about -- farming replacing hunting. Jacques-Yves Costeau
He who puts . . . a product upon the market as it demands, controls that market, regardless of color. It is simply a survival of the fittest. George Washington Carver
Drop a grain of California gold into the ground, and there it will lie unchanged until the end of time; . . . drop a grain of our blessed gold [wheat] into the ground and lo! a mystery. Edward Everett
Farmer! Yesterday you could only work the land. Today, under the republic you can become an agricultural engineer! Pedrazo Blanco
To hinder, besides, the farmer from selling his goods at all times to the best market, is evidently to sacrifice the ordinary laws of justice to an idea of public utility, to a sort of reasons of state; an act of legislative authority which ought to be exercised only, which can be pardoned only in cases of the most urgent necessity. Adam Smith
It seldom happens, however, that a great proprietor is a great improver. Adam Smith
Good roads, canals, and navigable rivers, by diminishing the expense of carriage, put the remote parts of the country more nearly upon a level with those of the neighborhood of the town. They are upon that the greatest of all improvements. Adam Smith
The world is at a crossroads. Our generation may be the first in history with the knowledge, tools and resources to truly turn back the rising tide of hunger and misery. Josette Sheeran
Food security is not only a matter of humanitarian assistance and agricultural development; it is a matter of national security, peace and stability. Josette Sheeran
England and all civilized nations stand in deadly peril of not having enough to eat. As mouths multiply, food resources dwindle. Land is a limited quantity, and the land that will grow wheat is absolutely dependent on difficult and capricious natural phenomena... I hope to point a way out of the colossal dilemma. It is the chemist who must come to the rescue of the threatened communities. It is through the laboratory that starvation may ultimately be turned into plenty... The fixation of atmospheric nitrogen is one of the great discoveries, awaiting the genius of chemists. William Crookes
Men should stop fighting among themselves and start fighting insects. Luther Burbank
You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed Book of Leviticus
Everything is poisonous, nothing is poisonous, it is all a matter of dose. Claude Bernard
Knowing what we now know about living systems—how they replicate and how they mutate—we are beginning to know how to control their evolutionary futures. To a considerable extent we now do that with the plants we cultivate and the animals we domesticate. This is, in fact, a standard application of genetics today. We could even go further, for there is no reason why we cannot in the same way direct our own evolutionary futures. I wish to emphasize, however—and emphatically—that whether we should do this and, if so, how, are not questions science alone can answer. They are for society as a whole to think about. Scientists can say what the consequences might be, but they are not justified in going further except as responsible members of society. George Wells Beadle
The President cannot make clouds to rain and cannot make the corn to grow, he cannot make business good; although when these things occur, political parties do claim some credit for the good things that have happened in this way. William Howard Taft
The welfare of the farmer is vital to that of the whole country. William Howard Taft
Cotton is king! James Henry Hammond; David Christy
The true test of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops,—no, but the kind of man the country turns out. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Jews are, in truth, singularly adapted by natural disposition to agriculture, their skill in which once made Palestine a garden.  At the present moment the attention of benevolent and public-spirited Jews is directed to the return of their people to agricultural pursuits, and the scene of the first experiment is Palestine itself.  There are now thirteen thousand Israelites in that country, nine thousand of whom live in or near Jerusalem; James Parton
Many of the statistics that have been cited in the stories of sexual revolution are reflections instead of the Industrial Revolution. The entrance of women into the work force has accompanied, at a slower pace, their departure from farms. As recently as eighty years ago 36 percent of American families were engaged in agriculture; today fewer than three percent are. This shift is truly a revolution, and it has transformed the official labor statistics for women. Although these statistics show women entering the work force in record numbers, the fact is that women have always worked. Their labor on farms, however—in an array of arduous jobs beyond the hearth and cribside—;was never monitored by statisticians. George Gilder
America was not discovered. America was built. History Channel
There has been a great reduction in the cost of producing crops in some favored regions where steam-ploughs and steam-reaping, steam-threshing, and steam-sacking machines can be employed; but there has been no reduction in the cost of producing crops upon the ordinary American farm at all corresponding to the reduction in the price of the produce. Francis Amasa Walker
This kingdom [Colombia] … does not enjoy an active commerce. It’s subsistence consists of gold taken from its mines, without trade, export of its agriculture and manufactures…. The local officials everywhere are indifferent and careless as to their duty; the people are steeped in poverty; trade is almost extinct; capital is lacking, and there are no opportunities for its investment; the only source of support is the cultivation of small patches of ground. Every one seeks to subsist on the government by procuring some little office. Francisco Antonio Moreno y Escandon
Famine, it turns out, is not caused by a failure to produce food. It is caused by a failure to distribute food correctly — because the ruler is not accountable to the starving. Johann Hari
How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, … but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Winston Churchill
… whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together. Jonathan Swift
Big oil, big steel, big agriculture avoid the open marketplace. Big corporations fix prices among themselves and thus drive out of business the small entrepreneur. Also, in their conglomerate form, the huge corporations have begun to challenge the very legitimacy of the state. Gore Vidal
Are we going to take the hands of the federal government completely off any effort to adjust the growing of national crops, and go right straight back to the old principle that every farmer is a lord of his own farm and can do anything he wants, raise anything, any old time, in any quantity, and sell any time he wants? Franklin D. Roosevelt
Search the Constitution and you will find no power granted to the legislative branch to make laws governing agriculture, housing, medicine, energy, private ownership or weapons, and a great deal more. John F. McManus
… the time is come when a removal of the restrictions upon the importation of food cannot be successfully resisted. Should this be Sir Robert's own opinion, the Queen very much hopes that none of his colleagues will prevent him from doing what it is right to do. Queen Victoria
… half of the potatoes were ruined by the rot, and that no one could guarantee the remainder. Belgium, Holland, Sweden, and Denmark, in which states the potato disease had likewise deprived the poorer class of its usual food, have immediately taken energetic means, and have opened the harbours, bought corn, and provided[for the case of a rise of prices. Sir Robert proposed the same thing for England, and, by opening the ports, a preparation for the abolition of the Corn Laws. His colleagues refused …. The whole country cries out: the Corn Laws are doomed. Prince Albert
If any one owe a debt for a loan, and a storm prostrates the grain, or the harvest fail, or the grain does not grow for lack of water; in that year he need not give his creditor any grain, he washes his debt-tablet in water and pays no rent for this year. Hammurabi
The organized banking interests which own the railroads, control credit, and dominate the industrial life of the nation, will further oppress labor, rob the consumer, and, by extortionate railroad rates and dictation of terms of credit, reduce agriculture to the level of European peasantry, if longer permitted to control this government. Robert M. La Follette
… in May, 1917, wheat was selling in Chicago at $3.25 a bushel and the consumer was paying for his bread on that basis, although the official estimate of the Department of Agriculture of the average price actually received by the farmer for his crop was but $1.44 a bushel. Vernon Lyman Kellogg
Thus in the Old World also the production of wealth must be increased, but this enterprise is far more difficult in Europe than in America. The population of Europe is much more dense than in the New World: a portion of its lands is exhausted: the great number of political subdivisions, and the multiplicity of tongues, increase enormously the difficulties in the way of business on a great scale. Traditions handed down from the time when men toiled to produce slowly and in small quantities things shaped toward a far distant ideal of perfection are still strong among its people. Guglielmo Ferrero
People are wanted on the farms to raise corn and grow stock for the markets; but they are wanted there far more for the training of manhood and womanhood in moral worth, in religious sensibility, in all the traits of a strong, upright personality. In the future as never heretofore, our cities with their multiplying wealth and lavish luxury are likely to need the country for that steady renewal of their better life which shall keep them from relaxing into sensuality and sinking into decay. George Sherwood Dickerman
Those who tilled the soil no longer reaped the rewards which were their right. The small measure of their gains was decreed by men in distant cities. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Farming is not for the feint of heart. It is fraught with the possibility of failure. Brian Williams
The Americans should stop insulting us, I'm not going to be an accomplice to the depopulation of the land. It's not up to the Americans to tell us how to organize our farm policy and the balance of our society. Their attitude is to treat the EC as if it had the plague and then encourage the rest of the world to join in. Jacques Delors
… without the steel helmet and gun barrel, we shall not be able to plant a tree or build a house. . . . Let us not be afraid to see the hatred that accompanies and consumes the lives of hundreds of thousands of Arabs who sit all around us and wait for the moment when their hands will be able to reach our blood. Moshe Dayan
Even if we could produce enough food globally to feed everyone satisfactorily, the continued steady rise in the cost of inputs will mean increasing numbers will not be able to afford the food we produce. This is a key point that is often missed. Jeremy Grantham
Truly is the dawn of freedom appearing - truly the emancipation of the tenant farmers of Ireland. The south is awakening, slowly but surely. James Daly
if anyone was evicted it was the duty of his fellows to assemble in their thousands and reinstate him the next day James Daly
I ask you to protect the rights and interests of labor generally in the first place, by allowing no free imports from countries which meet you with countervailing duties; and, in the second place, with respect to agricultural produce, to compensate the soil for the burdens from which other classes are free by an equivalent duty. This is my view of what is called "protection. Benjamin Disraeli
the immense importations of foreign agricultural produce have been vastly in excess of what the increased demands of our population actually require, and that is why the low prices are maintained...That is to a great degree the cause of this depression. Benjamin Disraeli
We have already broken the link between food production and population. This will soon be complete. Ian Morris
If the diligence of modern industry were replaced by the contemplative life of the past, unnumbered millions would be doomed to death by starvation. Ludwig von Mises
It is not known where he that invented the plough was born, nor where he died: yet he has effected more for the happiness of the world than the whole race of heroes and of conquerors, who have drenched it with tears, and manured it with blood, and whose birth, parentage, and education have been handed down to us with a precision proportionate to the mischief they have done. Charles Caleb Colton
There are more agriculture bureaucrats than there are farmers in this country. John Kerry
The Government in the US has become responsible for farmers’ income, leaving the big (transnational) buyers in the market free to exploit their oligopolistic position Sophia Murphy
In the past four years, the U. S. sugar price has averaged between 64 and 92 percent higher than the world price, The costs are dispersed to hundreds of millions, The benefits accrue primarily to 4,700 sugar … farms. George Will
Sugar protectionism is government planning, It is industrial policy—government picking winners and losers—applied to agriculture. George Will
President Lincoln’s biggest blunder was—no not General George McClellan—creating the Agriculture Department. Since 1995, 75 percent of all agricultural subsidies have gone to the largest and wealthiest 10 percent of farms. George Will
The best way to feed the world in 50 years is to grow food where most of us live—in cities. Dickson D. Despommier
Farm subsidies are a waste of money. Paul Collier
Farm subsidies are a matter of national food security Masum Burak
Farm subsidies are bribes for votes. Mwangi S. Kimenyi
Let fields be devoted exclusively to the production of corn, oats, beans, peas, potatoes, and other food for man and beast; let corn be sown broadcast for fodder. . . and let all your efforts be directed to the prompt supply of these articles in the districts where our armies are operating. Jefferson Davis
Read the story of the new invention for picking cotton. It may not be perfect yet, it may not work so well in hilly country as on the plains, but it is just a question of time before it is improved. More men and women out of work. Unless we have sense enough to sit down and discuss how to use this new invention and many others, so as to bring happiness, comfort and leisure to human beings and not unemployment, starvation and despair, then we deserve the hard times which surely will come our way. Eleanor Roosevelt
Those who care for democracy should be more concerned with ending land tenancy in this country; reviving local government and merchandising; protecting the small industrialist, who is often more efficient than the large one, and welcoming a vigorous, responsible trade unionism. Dorothy Thompson
Land use is becoming more and more a general national interest and should be as much a study in the cities as in the country. For with the proper use of land, many of our greatest troubles—dust storms, floods, over-production of this and that, would at least be measurably controlled. Eleanor Roosevelt
We have to stop treating soil like dirt. Wes Jackson
The humble American sweet potato helped China double its population to 300 million by 1800. Jeremy Adelman
Farm workers are involved in the planting and the cultivation and the harvesting of the greatest abundance of food known in this society. They bring in so much food to feed you and me and the whole country and enough food to export to other places. The ironic thing and the tragic thing is that after they make this tremendous contribution, they don't have any money or any food left for themselves Cesar Chavez
The Green Revolution is neither. Megan McArdle
These and other developments in the field of agriculture contain the makings of a new revolution. It is not a violent Red Revolution like that of the Soviets, nor is it a White Revolution like that of the Shah of Iran. I call it the Green Revolution William S. Gaud
In this era of tightening world food supplies, the ability to grow food is fast becoming a new form of geopolitical leverage, and countries are scrambling to secure their own parochial interests at the expense of the common good. Lester R. Brown
With China’s 1.4 billion increasingly affluent consumers starting to compete with U. S. consumers for the U. S. grain harvest, cheap food seen by many as an American birthright, may be coming to an end. Lester R. Brown
Foreign investors producing food in a country full of hungry people face another political is how to get the grain out. Will villagers permit trucks laden with grain headed for cities to proceed when they themselves are on the verge of starvation. Lester R. Brown
I am proud of my invention but I am not happy that it is used by terrorists. I would much rather have invented something for agriculture like a lawnmower. Mikhail Kalashnikov
Food is a weapon. Food is a ... tool in the kit of American diplomacy. Earl Butz
The Soviet union was quite good at developing heavy industry, transportation, and large scale enterprises. It was very bad at producing consumer goods including the food that people must eat. That was its great economic weakness. John Kenneth Galbraith
One of the many economic differences between developed and developing countries is that developed countries subsidize farmers while developing countries tax farmers. United Nations
The value of lands and houses is the best estimate of the wealth of a nation. John Witherspoon
Farm life requires teamwork to a greater degree than any other way of life. Eleanor Roosevelt
The Navigation Acts subject me to a much greater tax than any person of equal fortune on the other side of the Atlantic [England]. Henry Laurens
Food is a munition. Don’t waste it. United States
Food should cost more …. The farmer needs to be paid enough money for his food so that he can send his children to school and college. Alice Waters
Some environmentalists demands are counter productive. Avoiding pesticides for example means farming more land less efficiently, which leads to higher prices, more hunger, more disease …, and less biodiversity. Bjorn Lomborg
… authors generally neglect that growth has lifted billions of people out of grinding poverty and that others may remain poor because of the developed world’s environmental concerns … Bjorn Lomborg
Over the last three decades, Mexico has made the transition from a commodity and agricultural-based economy to one dominated by manufacturing and services. Shannon K. O'Neil
If agrarian society must fall to the machine, at the very least, Iranians should own the machine. Jalal Al-e- Ahmad
Among all of our uncertainties weather is the most basic. We can’t live without it and we can’t control it. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
The cost of nitrates used in fertilizer is altogether too high. This is commonly admitted. We have been paying tribute for years and years to the country which has the only large source of this essential commodity, Chile. Most of the revenue of that government for a generation has come from an export tax, something which America has never had, on this supply. Arthur Capper
Isn't the necessity for keeping a real American agriculture alive evident? Remember you can't make a peasant out of the American farmer, for he will merely quit and go to town, and you can't feed the city workers at the minimum cost unless you have an efficient and contented agriculture to back them up. Is it any wonder that the Farm Bloc has worked so hard to salvage the wreck of our greatest business from the slough into which the deflation period dropped it? Arthur Capper
A decided handicap which the United States faces in its competition for foreign markets is that the wheat which it exports is for the most part mediocre in quality. Theodore D. Hammatt
An interesting agricultural evolution has been taking place in Central Europe and in Russia in the breaking up of the large estates and the placing of the land in the hands of the peasants. The first effect of this great change, extending over tens of thousands of square miles, may be but little--in fact in some cases it is possible that production may decline. But ultimately I am quite sure that the peasants will greatly increase it, and by just that much the American market for farm produce will be injured. Arthur Capper
You cannot, for instance, sustainably protect the environment if the majority of the people are still in primitive agriculture leading to the encroachment of forest reserves. Yoweri Museveni
We stop the Press with very great regret to announce that the Potato Murrain has unequivocally declared itself in Ireland. The crops about Dublin are suddenly perishing…. Where will Ireland be in the event of a universal potato rot? Gardiners Chronicle
While the American proposals for the limitation of [opium] production may have been theoretically sound, the United States ignored the practical obstacles in the way of their achievement. In one sense these proposals were unfair, since they transferred the responsibility for suppressing the international drug traffic from the strong countries to lamentably weak governments such as those of China, Persia and Turkey. Financially, the United States stood to lose nothing and to gain everything by the acceptance of its proposals. The producing countries, as well as the governments of territories where smoking prevails, would on the other hand be obliged to give up revenues amounting to millions of dollars a year. In other words, the United States asked from the remainder of the world sacrifices which entailed no hardships for herself. Raymond Leslie Buell
What is certain is that today, though many great land owners still favor Fascism--which is only natural because the agricultural classes are always the slowest to change--captains of industry have already expressed through their authoritative spokesmen the opinion that Fascist excesses in the way of political reaction and repression of the workers represent a grave danger for the industrial classes. Carlo Sforza
The peasant has learned not to rely on assistance from without, but to walk on his own feet. Socially he is conservative. He wishes to keep his land and enjoy the fruits of his labor. For generations institutions of government were to him an outside factor, for which he cared little. Boris Alexandrovich Bakhmeteff
I have been much impressed in my experience at Washington, by the way, with the infernal selfishness which is so evident at the hearings on the tariff questions. Too many of our people are "after theirs" in the tariff problems, but equally insistent that other lines of business--producing materials they must buy--should get out on the free trade limb. Arthur Capper
There is, in my judgment, a great future before American manufacturing, commerce and trade, which will absorb millions of additional workers. When these workers are employed at good wages, as at present, they will buy farm products in a liberal way. The proportion of the American people engaged in industrial life doubtless will continue to increase, just as it has been doing. Arthur Capper
Take immediate and decisive steps to better the condition of the peasant. Abandon the system of war-time Communism by which we practically took from the peasant all his surplus, and sometimes what was not his surplus but part of his necessary subsistence. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
Nine-tenths of the peasants have gone over to our side within a few weeks because we adopted an agrarian program that was not our own but that of the Socialist-Revolutionaries, and put it into execution. Our victory consisted precisely in the carrying out of the Socialist-Revolutionary program. That is why it was so easy. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
The only thing the Socialist [Communist] party could do for the peasant--said the Bolsheviks--was to help organize the paid agricultural laborers. Vladimir Mikhailovich Zenzinov
The problem, therefore, reduced itself to [opium] production in Persia, Turkey, and Jugoslavia. The first of these countries declared that it could not restrict production without a loan of ten million tomans, customs autonomy, and a financial moratorium. The other two said that until other means of livelihood had been found for their peasant populations, production could not be limited. Raymond Leslie Buell
The farmers in America who are raising wheat and beef and cotton, and the great multitudes engaged in manufacture, depend for the rewards of their labor largely upon the orderly continuance of purchase, consumption and payment by the people of other countries. It would be a real misfortune to the American breakfast table if Brazil ceased to produce coffee and Cuba ceased to produce sugar and China ceased to produce tea. Elihu Root
Rain plays no part in the agricultural life of Egypt. It seldom rains. Irrigation from the Nile was thus introduced at an early date. The summer supply of water in that river is insufficient for the adequate irrigation of the cultivated lands at present dependent on it. Egypt is a growing country. The increase in population today is at the rate of 200,000 souls per annum. Egypt is exclusively an agricultural country. There is, therefore, an insistent demand for expansion of cultivation into new areas now lying fallow for want of water. Further control of the river is accordingly now urgently required. Pierre Crabites
Confronting the disillusionment of the peasant at this time, when the sowing period is approaching, it is imperative for us to 'link' manufactured goods and grain at any cost. Above everything we have to show the peasant that he did not till and sow in vain. Pravda
A vicious circle of increasing emigration resulting in a smaller domestic market depleted of initiative and skill, and a reduced incentive … to undertake and organize the productive enterprises which alone can provide increased employment opportunities and higher living standards…. Protectionism, both in agriculture and industry would have to give way to active participation in a free-trading world. Thomas Kenneth Whitaker
First—to put an end to Rack-Renting, Eviction, and Landlord Oppression. Second—To effect such a radical change in the Land System of Ireland as will put it in the power of every Irish Farmer to become the owner, on fair terms, of the land he tills. Irish National Land League
This farm I trust will not be tenanted by any man …. If such a traitor to your cause enters this part of the country, … keep your eyes fixed upon him—point him our—and if a pig of his falls into a boghole, let it lie there. Michael Davitt
We used to own our slaves. Now we just rent them. Anonymous
The interest of the [French] Republic is to reassure the Dutch so that they do not emigrate along with their riches …. It is necessary to safeguard the rights of property so that Holland will furnish us with our provisions France
Nationalization of Land Bolshevik Communist Party
1918-20 was an epoch of unremitting effort to communize peasant Russia. Storm centers were created in the villages in the form of Committees of the Poor; the well-to-do peasant was to be displaced by the ne'er-do-well and the rural proletariat. A socialistic system of agriculture, with Communes and Soviet farms as features of the plan, was finally to link up rural production with the nationalized industries of the cities. Most important of all, a confiscatory socialistic tax was established ….. The peasant was allowed to retain only a certain minimum of his crop and compelled to deliver the remainder to the state. This was to be his contribution to the Worker's Republic which was supposed to have given him "peace and land.” The scheme proved to be a complete failure. Boris Alexandrovich Bakhmeteff
What our family has done is participate in the farm programs … programs I think essentially almost every farmer in South Dakota has participated in those, and they haven't been bailouts, they have been programs that the United States has put forward for farmers to participate in. Kristi Noem
Get big or get out! Earl Butz
Farm workers are not agricultural implements; they are not beasts of burden to be used and discarded. Cesar Chavez
Attention! Land Thieves and Natural Resources Grabbers …. Under [Theodore] Roosevelt any doubt about the power of the Chief Executive to make withdrawals of public land was resolved in favor of the people. Tacoma Times
No you don’t have the right, just because it’s your land to dig as many wells as you want, and dry up the water for the rest of the farmers downstream.. Jose Rodriguez
The great cities rest upon our broad and fertile prairies. William Jennings Bryan
Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field. Dwight D. Eisenhower
… tribes with flags Woodrow Wilson
The manufacturing population still lived to a very great extent in the country. The artisan often had his small piece of land, which supplied him with wholesome food and healthy recreation. His wages and employment too were more regular. He was not subject to the uncertainties and knew nothing of the fearful sufferings which his descendants were to endure from commercial fluctuations Arnold J. Toynbee
The agricultural interest of our country is so essentially connected with every other and so superior in importance to them all that it is scarcely necessary to invite to it your particular attention. Andrew Jackson
The land of Peru begins at the Equator and extends southward. Its inhabitants … have a Jewish cast of feature, speak gutturally and are much given to unnatural vice. For this reason they reject their wives and pay them little respect. The women wear their hair very short and go naked except for a small apron with which they cover their private parts. It is they who sow and grind the corn which is eaten throughout the province… Agustin de Zarate
Only those who till the king’s land have to pay a tax on the profits they make. Those who want to go away may go.... The king and his administration uses no corporal punishment; criminals are merely fined according to the gravity of their offense. Faxian
The effect of the [opium prohibition] edict was electrical. Farmers stopped cultivation with little resistance. Smokers abandoned the habit by millions; it became unfashionable to smoke in public; and the young were constrained not to acquire the habit… H. B. Morse
The world is now on track to more than double current greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere by the end of the century. This would push up average global temperatures by three to eight degrees Celsius and could mean the disappearance of glaciers, droughts in the mid-to-low latitudes, decreased crop productivity, increased sea levels and flooding, vanishing islands and coastal wetlands, greater storm frequency and intensity, the risk of species extinction and a significant spread of infectious disease. Robert N. Stavins
Farmers who left the countryside for China’s cities and factory towns starting in the late 1980s now have children who dream of earning college degrees and landing white collar jobs. John Osburg
No water—no jobs. Shini Somara
Conservation programs are great but when you’ve already done all the conservation and you got no water, how does that help you? It doesn’t. The only thing that could help us now, is water. Joe Del Bosque
Farmers had resisted transfers of water to cities at least since California’s water wars a century ago.. Eduardo Porter
The Devil’s Food. Anonymous
We have a problem in Africa with our education system. It is a relic from the past. The education system was meant to create clerks to help the administrative role of the colonial power. So the emphasis was on neat handwriting and how to write good reports and things like that, and if you move further, then you study Shakespeare and Molière. But we don’t have enough engineers and scientists. Two percent of African university graduates study agriculture, when 70 percent of our people are living off the land. Obviously, we have a problem. Mo Ibrahim
Agriculture is the largest source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay, and is also the cheapest to reduce by far. Many farmers deserve credit for their efforts to stem pollution from their barn yards and fields. But just as those who live in our cities and suburbs are doing more to clean the Bay, so must farmers. Alison Prost
In transforming a backward agricultural China into an advanced industrialized country, we are confronted with arduous tasks and our experience is far from adequate. So we must be good at learning. Mao Zedong
That the Republic of the South shall sustain her independence, there is little question. The form of our society is too pregnant of intellectual resources and military strength to be subdued. Leonidas W. Spratt
The tell the regulators that they’re cost cutting, and then they tell their customers they have to increase their prices after the deal is done. Don Halcomb
Surely there is no place in the World where the Inhabitants live with less Labour than in North Carolina. It approaches nearer to the Description of Lubberland than any other, by the great felicity of the Climate, the easiness of raising Provisions, and the Slothfulness of the People. William Byrd II
WHEREAS, Our ancestors (not of choice) were the first successful cultivators of the wilds of America, we their descendants feel ourselves entitled to participate in the blessings of her luxuriant soil, which their blood and sweat manured; and that any measure or system of measures, having a tendency to banish us from her bosom, would not only be cruel, but in direct violation of those principles which have been the boast of this republic, Resolved: That we view with deep abhorrence the unmerited stigma attempted to be cast upon the reputation of the free people of color, by the promoters of this measure, "that they are a dangerous and useless part of the community," when in the state of disfranchisement in which they live, in the hour of danger they ceased to remember their wrongs, and rallied around the standard of their country. Resolved: That we never will separate ourselves voluntarily from the slave population of this country; they are our brethren by the ties of consanguinity, of suffering, and of wrong; and we feel that there is more virtue in suffering privations with them, than fancied advantages for a season. Resolved: That without arts, without science, without a proper knowledge of government to cast upon the savage wilds of Africa the free people of color, seems to us the circuitous route through which they must return to perpetual bondage. Resolved: That having the strongest confidence in the justice of God, and philanthropy of the free states, we cheerfully submit our destinies to the guidance of Him who suffers not a sparrow to fall without his special providence. James Forten
The South presents right now the Nation’s No. 1 economic problem. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The entire tenant system operated by coercion and dependence. Landowners did not want their tenants to improve, because then they would have less control over them. A hungry worker was the best worker, or so many southern cotton growers believed. No one—neither tenants nor their landlords—had any problem making children and women work in the fields. Nancy Isenberg
We’re going to be eating it [seaweed] whether we like it or not. Bren Smith
Colonial Americans were famously well fed, based on their farming, not their hunting. Michael A. Bellesiles
Over the next decade, the market-driven explosion of surveillance sensors and data analytics will bring an unprecedented level of transparency to global affairs. Commercial satellites will capture daily images of the entire globe, offering inexpensive and automated reports on everything from crop yields to military activity. Journalists, NGOs, and bloggers will increasingly use crowdsourced data to uncover wartime atrocities and expose government hypocrisy. Private security companies will discover the sources of cyberattacks and data theft. Biometric systems will expose the identities of clandestine operatives, and government agencies will struggle to contain leakers and whistleblowers. Sean P. Larkin
Go ask Virginia— go ask even noble Maryland . . . to show you her people, canals, railroads, universities, schools, charities, commerce cities, and cultivated areas. William H. Seward
Think back to the time when Agriculture was not labor efficient. We have lost all these jobs. But I don't think anyone is too sad about it. Andrew W. Moore
Mitigation and adaptation spending are not equivalent. Mitigation spending will go to new energy systems, new public transit systems, new agricultural systems. It will yield innovation, higher productivity, new jobs, and improved quality of life. It’s like paying for your kid to go to college or building a factory for your business — the high upfront costs yield substantial long-term returns, paying themselves back many times over. Mitigation spending is investment. Adaptation spending isn’t like that. It goes to maintaining the value of existing investments. It’s as though the maintenance costs on your factory doubled. You’re not getting any additional value out of the factory, you’re just putting more money in. Adaptation spending is pure cost, a net loss that displaces other productive investments. David Roverts (Writer)
Like other new and potentially powerful technologies, gene editing raises legitimate questions and understandable concerns about possible risks and misuse. How, then, should the technology be regulated? Rules developed decades ago for other forms of genetic engineering do not necessarily fit. Noting that gene-edited organisms are not transgenic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reasonably concluded that genetically edited plants are like plants with naturally occurring mutations and thus are not subject to special regulations and raise no special safety concerns. Bill Gates
Gene editing to make crops more abundant and resilient could be a lifesaver on a massive scale. The technology is already beginning to show results, attracting public and private investment, and for good reason. Scientists are developing crops with traits that enhance their growth, reduce the need for fertilizers and pesticides, boost their nutritional value, and make the plants hardier during droughts and hot spells. Already, many crops that have been improved by gene editing are being developed and tested in the field, including mushrooms with longer shelf lives, potatoes low in acrylamide (a potential carcinogen), and soybeans that produce healthier oil. Bill Gates
Improving the productivity of crops is fundamental to ending extreme poverty. Sixty percent of people in sub-Saharan Africa earn their living by working the land. But given the region’s generally low agricultural productivity—yields of basic cereals are five times higher in North America—Africa remains a net importer of food. This gap between supply and demand will only grow as the number of mouths to feed increases. Bill Gates
We were stolen from our mother country and brought here. We have tilled the ground and made fortunes for thousands, and still they are not weary of our services. _But they who stay to till the ground must be slaves_. Is there not land enough in America, or 'corn enough in Egypt'? Why should they send us into a far country to die? See the thousands of foreigners emigrating to America every year: and if there be ground sufficient for them to cultivate, and bread for them to eat, why would they wish to send the ‘first tillers’ of the land away? Africans have made fortunes for thousands, who are yet unwilling to part with their services; but the free must be sent away, and those who remain must be slaves. I have no doubt that there are many good men who do not see as I do, and who are sending us to Liberia; but they have not duly considered the subject--they are not men of color. This land which we have watered with our tears and our blood is now our ‘mother country’, and we are well satisfied to stay where wisdom abounds and the gospel is free. Richard Allen (bishop)

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