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Why Christ in Christmas?

A few militant atheists have asked the question, "Why have 'Christ' in Christmas?" Let me reply by saying if Christ wasn't in Christmas we'd be celebrating Halloween twice a year.

Victor J Kern


Assaults on agriculture unfounded

It seems there is not an end to the relentless, unfounded assaults on agriculture in Todd County. Much of this is due to NIMBY'S (not in my back yarders). Everyone demands the best food while criticizing the practices and those who produce it for them. If everyone in this nation would produce more than they consume, there would not be a need for production agriculture. Anyone who does not feed themselves does not have a basis for complaint. We would appreciate the opportunity to provide the following information for the readers of your paper. This is not based on hysterical emotionalism. It is based on facts collected from NASS, and other government agencies presented at the Minnesota State Farm Bureau meeting and other sources.

In 1960, there were 59 million pigs in this country. It took 6 lbs. of feed to produce 1 lb. of pork. Today there are 59.8 million pigs in this country and it only takes 3 lbs. of feed to produce 1 lb. of pork.

In 1960 there were 96.2 million beef cattle. The feed conversion was 8 lbs. of feed to produce 1 lb. of beef. Today there is 98.1 million head and the conversion ratio is 4 to 1.

In 1960 there were 19 million head producing 123 billion pounds of milk. Today there are only 9.2 million head producing 189 billion pounds of milk. This area alone reduces the carbon footprint needed to produce milk and cheese for the world by 70 percent.

Today, mainly due to urban sprawl and the unincorporated decimation of open space, there is 50 million less crop acres as there was in 1930. That is 15 percent less acres for food production. This is all occurring while there are three times more people in the world since 1960.

In 2010 there was 87 percent more corn produced in this nation than 1980 while applying 4 percent less nutrients. In approximations, that amounts to twice as much food with the same amount of crop nutrients.

Do people realize about 17 percent of the arable land is irrigated while the same produces well over 40 percent of the food? It is estimated over 90 percent of potatoes grown are irrigated. If one does not like irrigation, quit eating french fries.

Unfortunately these facts seem to be irrelevant to some NIMBYS and as a consequence it is becoming more and more difficult for local food producers to stay in business.

Roger Zastrow, Long Prairie, Todd Co. Delegate, MN Farm Bureau

Roger Dukowitz, Browerville, District 4 Representative, MN Farm Bureau Policy Committee

Rita Decker, Eagle Bend, Todd Co. Farm Bureau Secretary