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Diemand Farm: Finest Kind

Regarding your piece on the Diemand farm last week (“Farming Outside the Cage,” Oct. 16): As family farmers, we’ve met of a lot of others over the years. The Diemands are, for sure, among the finest kind, respected for their experience, thoughtful and diversified practices, support of other farmers, and generosity within the community. There are a lot of “organic” products on the market I’d never buy—an organic label doesn’t tell me that much anymore, as the spirit of the movement has become diluted and infiltrated by corporate agribusiness. But I love to go to the Diemand farm, stock up on their great products, and feel the roots and warmth of their farm. I greatly respect their successful efforts to keep a local farm surviving and innovative, while keeping high quality food affordable and accessible to many.

 

It Ain’t the Meat

Eddie Buster’s recent letter (“Meat, Dairy, Eggs, Ebola!”, Oct. 16) was both shortsighted and misleading. As an area farmer who raises animals for meat and who had been a vegetarian for 30 years, I want people to get the correct information, and it isn’t always what is touted by “leading health authorities.” Ebola is a nasty virus that kills 50 to 70 percent of the people who get it. To compare Ebola to meat, milk, and eggs is like comparing apples to mosquitos. I agree that meat, milk and eggs can be bad for your health. That’s why I was a vegetarian for years. But let’s get the facts straight. The problem is with meat, milk, and eggs that are conventionally raised with GMO feed, antibiotics, corn and grain, as compared to meat from grass-fed, pasture-raised animals. The milk of grass-fed cows has more antioxidants, more omega-3 fatty acids, and more beta carotene. It also has less pesticide residue and antibiotic leftovers.

 

More on McGuirk

Thanks for Pete Redington’s article on McGuirk Stadium at UMass-Amherst (“An Exclusive Homecoming,” Sept. 25). It is interesting to note that this public university, supported by my tax dollars, has decided that because of money, it is okay to deny me access and to disregard a law regarding my civil rights. I felt that, for the most part, your research was good. I would, however, have liked to hear from anyone who is unable to use this space because of the decisions made on the $34.5 million renovations.

 

Not the FAA’s Job

Thanks for the piece about the FAA and drones (“Flight Fight,” Sept. 18). The FAA’s mission—dictated by Congress—is to ensure safety. Deciding what is, and what is not, an “appropriate use” is most definitely not a part of that Congressional charge. When the government can decide whether your use is appropriate (driving to work versus driving to a football game), we all will be slaves to that government.

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