posted on Feb, 13 2009 @ 11:32 AM
Clouds, I wanted to report back to you about the World Ag Expo in Tulare, CA.
Yes, the nation and world economy has affected this event. Attendance was lower, there were empty booths (venders not able to show up--for example
International was not there, but Caterpillar was there yay!)
There was a lot of attention paid to alternative energy/systems for farmers. Farming here has been highly invested in the use of oil, from petro based
chemicals to farm equipment run on oil energy. Fortunately, businesses like dairies are starting to use there own waste products to make energy.
Water is another issue wherever desert areas (and much of CA where farming takes place is technically desert!) are farmed. This state, this nation,
this world, must decide how they want to use water--wisely or wastefully. As bad off as CA is made out to be for businesses, there is one
international leader in drip irrigation that wants to move their headquarters here!
We can make foolish choices based on ease of effort in the present, choices that in the long run will help to decline quality of life for business and
state/national interest, or we can put efforts into a different way of doing business, efforts that would not run a state/nation into the ground.
Instead of flooding crops with "cheap" (taxpayer subsidized water), crops could use drip irrigation, for example. I've always said, since the
1970's great drought, that taxpayer dollars would be better spent helping farmers with water saving measures, rather than building more canals.
Machines to do more work with less human labor were unveiled. This will again prompt another shift in jobs, with social as well as economic impacts as
Since this expo was international, you could see there is much the world wants to share with the US (besides small USA entrepreneurs also offering
services/products) to kick this great nation into the 21st century. Business "as has been usual" must change, if we, as a state and a nation are to
Oh, re unions, in the 1920's my dad and his siblings had to temporarily vacate their home over fear of radical union bombing, as my grandfather was
in management. My dad never worked in a union job, but every day he thanked unions for their part in helping him work an 8 hour day, have health and
retirement benefits, and wages to buy a home, feed 5 kids, and take them on a vacation every year.
When either business or unions are corrupt, it is a detriment. It would do young people well to study the midwest meat packing industry over the last
20 some years, as one example of union busting through hiring illegal labor. This is just one of a myriad of actions where business got the gold, and
the American worker got the shaft.