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Old 06-29-2007, 03:34 PM
 
Location: SW Colorado
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I do not think this will make Denver to be any more OR LESS of a target. It is still big, with many people - it is always can be a target. Smaller farm towns are no different because of the food supply chain.

You already saw what happened with the pet food, imagen some of the American farms getting contaminated.

I wouldn't worry too much about the American farms. Small town farmers are a pretty close knit group and any terrorists in the neighborhood wouldn't last long.

I'm more concerned with the loss of American farm land to developers; therefore making Americans more and more dependent on food imports. Where did the wheat gluten come from that was in the dog food - CHINA, a major food exporter to the US. Unfortunately the FDA inspects less than 1% of US food imports for safety. IMO this makes any foreign food exporter to the US a much bigger concern than the American farmer.
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Old 06-30-2007, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I wouldn't worry too much about the American farms. Small town farmers are a pretty close knit group and any terrorists in the neighborhood wouldn't last long.

I'm more concerned with the loss of American farm land to developers; therefore making Americans more and more dependent on food imports. Where did the wheat gluten come from that was in the dog food - CHINA, a major food exporter to the US. Unfortunately the FDA inspects less than 1% of US food imports for safety. IMO this makes any foreign food exporter to the US a much bigger concern than the American farmer.
I agree. Our farmers and ranchers are in trouble because they cannot make a living and the young are not interested. Imports are hurting the USA in many fields and how safe are they? From the news, many are not. China seems to be in the news constantly for unsafe exports. Why do we continue?
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Old 06-30-2007, 10:40 AM
 
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I happen to believe in free trade--up to a point. The problem is that what we have now masquerades as free trade, but is not. Most other nations do not have to meet the labor, environmental, or safety regulations present in the U.S. when they produce or manufacture their products. For example, I have friends in agriculture who have travelled worldwide in their business. Most of them wouldn't eat foreign-produced food, if they could avoid it. Of course, now, imported fruits, vegetables, and grain are found in almost all of our "American" food products. DDT was outlawed for use decades ago in the U.S., but it is still used in many parts of the world--suppose some is on that foreign produce coming into the U.S.? We fret about illegal aliens working on U.S. farms. How about the slave labor that harvests crops in some countries? Kinda hard for U.S. farmers to compete with producers who may get their crops harvested for free, isn't it?

It scares the hell out of me that we have become so wasteful that we have squandered so much of own resources and are now dependent on foreign sources for nearly 70% of our petroleum, but it is even more terrifying that we will soon be a net food importer. If we can not be self-sufficient in feeding ourselves, I think we are as good as done as a country. All the McMansions, SUV's, big screen TV's, Paris Hilton's antics, and WWE wrestling won't mean a damn thing if we don't have enough to eat.
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Old 06-30-2007, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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Colorado Springs would be a great target with the Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Fore Base, Fort Carson, the NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Facility... and Schreiver...
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Old 06-30-2007, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Ssshhh, don't tell anyone that stuff....besides, after Hillary gets elected, Schriever will be converted into Section 8 housing....or a prison.
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