Joel Salatin: "Chinese company being subsidized to encourage a soil destructive scheme is both unconscionable and myopic.”Submitted by barracuda_trader on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:29
Virginia farmer tears up Tranlin paper deal
RICHMOND, Va. — A leader in Virginia’s “sustainable agriculture” movement says an incoming Chinese paper-and-fertilizer plant is anything but.
And he accuses politicians of squandering tax dollars on the venture.
“To use taxpayer funding to attract a business predicated fundamentally on an anti-ecology premise indicates both political and societal rape of nature’s template,” Joel Salatin said.
Salatin, owner of Polyface Farms in the Shenandoah Valley, said plans by Tranlin Inc. to convert farm field “waste” into paper and fertilizer go against the grain of long-term land use.
“In a properly functioning agricultural system, wheat straw, peanut hulls and corn fodder would never be a ‘waste stream.’ Nature intends this carbon to feed the soil on site, either through direct residue application or via compost as livestock bedding,” he said.